I wrote this book because we live in a sometimes horrible and often beautiful world.
I wrote this book because I did not want you to feel so alone.
I wrote this book because four boys in the town where I used to live used their collective rage, boredom, and feelings of worthlessness to turn the lives of another family into the thing of nightmares.
I wrote this book because I am raising a son.
I wrote this book because when I was a young person I used to feel very alone.
I wrote this book because of all of the strong women who raised me up.
I wrote this book because I felt like I was the only one who was not normal when I was a kid.
I wrote this book because when I was younger there were times when I wished I would die.
I wrote this book because once I learned how to live inside someone else’s skin, I saw the world more clearly.
I wrote this book because I felt powerless.
I wrote this book because I felt powerful.
I wrote this book because I wanted you to read it and know that it’s not just you who feels the way you do.
I wrote this book because I love my family.
I wrote this book because I want a better future.
I wrote this book because that is what I do.
I wrote this book because we are all in this together.
I wrote this book because people let me know they believed in me.
I wrote this book because I believe in you.
Reader, though it is still a few months away from being published THE BOOK OF LANEY is now available for pre-order just about everywhere in the english-speaking world. I know you have many choices for your time and money but I want you to know that when a book is pre-ordered it helps ease its entry into the world by relieving some of the stress on the publisher.
If you cannot pre-order it at this time, I fully understand. But maybe you would consider adding it to your wishlist for later or bookmarking it on Goodreads. Also, if you would be so kind as to bring it to the attention of your local library or bookstore, I would greatly appreciate it.
Reader, I also want you to know that while this book was written for a young adult audience that it would not be appropriate for readers under, say, the age of 14 or 15 (the protagonist is a 15-year-old girl) as some of the themes might be difficult for younger readers, no matter how advanced their reading skills.
Here’s what two of my favorite writers have to say about this book:
“In The Book of Laney, an unsettling and redemptive novel, Myfanwy Collins fuses heartbreak and empathy to explore uncomfortable truths about teenagers, violence, and survival. An unforgettable book.” —Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist