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Thursday, October 17, 2019

WBJC BookNotes Podcast features Setting the Family Free

It was exciting to be in the studio with Judith Krummeck, the person I've shared so many evening commutes with over the past 20 years.

Did you catch WBJC's BookNotes at 91.5 FM on Friday, October 4 or at 5:15 p.m. or Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. for Judith Krummeck's interview with me about Setting the Family Free?

If not, tune in now by listening to it on the WBJC BookNotes Podcast. 

Five minutes of listening might result in you wanting to buy a book!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

B. Morrison on Setting the Family Free: A Fascinating Premise for a Story

Another book blogger has published a positive review of Setting the Family Free

This one comes from the B. Morrison Monday Morning Book Blog.

“One of the things I love about this novel is the compassionate insight Goodman brings to Sammy, the animals themselves, and the various men who must hunt them down before they kill any more people,” Morrison writes.

“Another thing I admire about this book is the unusual format. Chapters with traditional scenes alternate with sections made up of snippets of quotes from various people, and sometimes with news articles. This combination speeds up the pace of the story and plunges us into the terrible race to save the citizens of central Ohio. The hunters are rural police officers, aided by a couple of animal experts. Already horrified at what they must do, they are hampered by the questioning and accusing voices of those sitting safely far away. Their job is also complicated by the obliviousness of those who continue hiking and walking to work and taking children to playgrounds despite the urgent warnings to stay inside.”

Morrison calls into question why one of the minor characters is a female reporter with questionable motives, and the reviewer ponders what effect such "stereotypes" have on our culture. I would point out that other of the novel's female characters are cast in a kinder light—such as the more rational reporter on the local news and the former wife and co-owner of the animals. Likewise, some of the male characters are more “derided and demonized” than any of the female characters. 

I agree that authors should consider how they present their characters—something I carefully scrutinize as I develop them and in rewriting. Not all female characters need to be “good,” and not all male characters need to be “bad.” I try to find balance and to present multiple views. How different people perceive things differently is at the heart of much of my writing.

Beyond this aside, Morrison’s review was a strong endorsement for Setting the Family Free, even encouraging it for young adults and adults as the perfect prompt for conversation.

“As we learn more about animal intelligence, we begin to question the idea that we should have dominion over them,” Morrison writes. “This book is a valuable step in opening that conversation.”

Read the full review at the link below:


Monday, October 14, 2019

Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz: Ferocious and Tender and Funny


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Jacquelyn Mitchard on Setting the Family Free: Generous, Boisterous, Surprising


Friday, October 11, 2019

Katherine Cottle on Setting the Family Free

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Loch Raven Review on Setting the Family Free

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Mark Mirabello on Setting the Family Free

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Bathsheba Monk on Setting the Family Free

Monday, October 07, 2019

Tom Glenn on Setting the Family Free

Saturday, October 05, 2019

The Ivy Hosts Setting the Family Free Book Launch Tomorrow

The Ivy Bookshop is hosting the official book launch of Setting the Family Free tomorrow, Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. and we're asking you to join us!

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served. There will be a reading from the novel followed by a question and answer session. The Ivy will sell books and the author will inscribe and sign them.

Junot Díaz called Setting the Family Free "ferocious and tender and funny from beginning to end," Jacqueline Mitchard called it "a generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your back yard," and Rafael Alvarez called it "a good read under the Big Top of a fine craftsman's imagination."

What will you call it?

If you already pre-ordered Setting the Family Free and you have it with you, feel free to bring it to the event for an inscription and signature. Hardcover and trade paperback copies will be on sale by The Ivy to share with your friends and fellow readers.

We look forward to seeing you at the book launch for Setting the Family Free. Find more details on The Ivy's website.


Friday, October 04, 2019

Today is World Animal Day

October 4 is World Animal Day, focused on raising awareness of animal cruelty and promoting animal welfare. Created by German author and publisher Heinrich Zimmermann in 1929, World Animal Day is celebrating 90 years of looking out for the animals of the world.

My novel, Setting the Family Free, does not skirt around the issue of how we treat animals. At its very center is the story of mistreated animals being released into a community through no fault of their own, leading to even worse treatment. Appropriately, even those harming the animals are either unaware of or haunted by the harm they cause.

Included in the book are quotes about animals and our relationship with them from everyone from Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr., from Tolstoy to Steinbeck. Here is one from Nietzsche: “Man is the cruelest animal.”

On World Animal Day, for every hardcover or paperback copy of Setting the Family Free purchased directly from me, I will donate my author profits to the cause. 

Learn more about Setting the Family Free at www.EricDGoodman.com/Animals.html.  

Order your copy directly from EdgeWriter Books (hardcover or paperback) on World Animal Day to have all author profits donated to the benefit of animals: 

Learn more about World Animal Day and how to observe it at www.worldanimalday.org.uk.


Thursday, October 03, 2019

Tune in to WBJC's BookNotes this Friday and Saturday

If you've been in Baltimore for any amount of time, it's likely you know Judith Krummeck. She's been accompanying drivers on their evening commutes for more than 20 years on WBJC, 91.5 FM.

Tune in to her BookNotes Friday at 5:15 or Saturday at 10 a.m. as she interviews me about my new novel, Setting the Family Free.

BookNotes airs the first Friday and Saturday of each month, and includes short, five-minute interviews with authors, poets, and members of the literary scene.

Judith is also an author; check out her new book, Old New Worlds, available at local bookshops and at Amazon.  

Tune in this Friday and Saturday, and then get your own copy of Setting the Family Free, also available at bookstores, booksellers, and Amazon


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Release the Animals!

Today is Release Day for the new novel, Setting the Family Free!

Early readers have had great things to say about the book, which follows the release of exotic animals from a private reserve into a rural community. Here’s some of the feedback:

Junot Díaz: “A supremely moving novel … tender and funny from beginning to end.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard: “A generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your backyard.”

Lucrecia Guerrero: “Warm, poignant, funny, and suspenseful.”

Rafael Alvarez: “A good read under the Big Top of a fine craftsman’s imagination.”

Toby Devens: “Wild, wonderful, well written, and highly original”

Jerry Holt: “What a read! At once funny, terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking.”

Bathsheba Monk: “A good read written by a thoughtful and skilled writer.”

Tom Glenn: “This book will stay in my mind for years to come.”

Katherine Cottle: “One of Baltimore’s most riveting and prolific writers.”

Loch Raven Review: “One seamless, gripping story that’s both fast-paced disaster thriller and philosophical meditation on the intrinsic value of all living things. This is a book that satisfies on many levels.”

Jump into the novel yourself and find out what all the excitement is about! Get your copy of Setting the Family Free today at Amazon,  directly from the publisher, Apprentice House, or wherever books are sold!