Talk about patience being a virtue! Dale Peck’s latest novel, The Garden of Lost and Found (Mischief +Mayhem)took fifteen long years  “to see the light of day.”

Mischief +Mayhem reports,

[…]Dale Peck began writing what he thought would be his fourth book, THE GARDEN OF LOST AND FOUND, in 1997, he had no idea that fifteen years would pass before it finally saw the light of day. The odyssey of this “strange and wonderful”[…] novel has so many twists, turns, and reversals that it’s impossible to tell you what it’s about without first telling you how it came into being—or, more accurately, how it almost never came to be at all.

Peck, the author of the acclaimed novels MARTIN AND JOHN, NOW IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, and SPROUT (winner of the inaugural Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult fiction) as well as the controversial collection of book reviews, HATCHET JOBS, sold THE GARDEN OF LOST AND FOUND to Rob Weisbach Books in 1998; by the time it was finished, however, William Morrow, Weisbach Books’ parent company, had been purchased by HarperCollins, and the Weisbach imprint no longer existed. After a series of editorial wrangles and tragedies (including the death of the first editor assigned to the novel) Peck left HarperCollins, and went looking for another publisher.

Peck, the author of the acclaimed novels MARTIN AND JOHN, NOW IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, and SPROUT (winner of the inaugural Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult fiction) as well as the controversial collection of book reviews, HATCHET JOBS, sold THE GARDEN OF LOST AND FOUND to Rob Weisbach Books in 1998; by the time it was finished, however, William Morrow, Weisbach Books’ parent company, had been purchased by HarperCollins, and the Weisbach imprint no longer existed. After a series of editorial wrangles and tragedies (including the death of the first editor assigned to the novel) Peck left HarperCollins, and went looking for another publisher.

The book trailer is a clever Bob Dylan inspired ode to the novel’s rocky path to publication and a comment on the state of the publishing industry in general.



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