It was one of those reviews that just gets you excited to read the book.
On the front page of The New York Times Book Review on February 14 was what can be understatedly described as a glowing review of Cathleen Schine’s new novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport.
Schine’s book “has it all: stinging social satire, mordant wit, delicate charm, lilting language and cosseting materialistic detail,” wrote Dominique Browning.
The book is “richly inhabited” with characters, minor and major, that have “a precisely imagined presence.”
Apparently, they weren’t the only ones having trouble stocking the book. Amazon had it but said it would be six to ten days before they could ship it.
So, I emailed Laurel Cook, Schine’s publicist at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux to ask her what was up with getting the book.
Cook said FSG is “thrilled that Cathleen Schine’s book is getting such great reviews and so many readers are buying the book.
“Even though there were a substantial number of copies printed and advanced, the demand after the NYT review was unprecedented….
Cook said the book went back to press for second and third printings before the Times review hit the newsstands but because of weather problems around the country, some have been slow in getting to stores. And, she added, the book has just gone back for a fifth printing so it should be available everywhere. Soon.
Sounds good to me.
The second and third printings were ordered before the review officially appeared (publishers get the NYTBR a week early) but were delayed from reaching accounts as quickly as they might have by the weather. Books should be available at this point, and the fifth printing is coming off press as we speak.