The door buzzer rang this morning, about 20 minutes ago. UPS. Package from … Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I was opening it and suddenly realized what moment this was about to be. My book.
I took it upstairs and showed Michael the envelope. “Is that it?”
“I think so.”
I took it out. I held it. Andrea, my editor, stuck a short note on her business card: Look at it — it’s amazing! I hope you’re as happy as I am.
My heart pounded. I flipped through the pages. I looked at how the light catches the shiny cover. Then I did what any momma gorilla would do.
I smelled it.