Countdown! In exactly 2 months, The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread by Don Robertson will be re-released, and a whole new generation will have the opportunity to meet Morris Bird III, one of the greatest characters in American literature. I’m not saying this lightly — I put Morris Bird III (Robertson always refers to him by his whole goofy name) right up there with Huck and Holden and Scout.
I’ve already pre-ordered my copy from Amazon, but it irks me that there’s no cover image up yet. I’m so pleased and nervous about the upcoming release. Here’s hoping that this wonderful 43-year-old novel will be widely advertised and reviewed and rescued from near-obscurity. Here’s hoping that book clubs all over will decide to read it. Maybe it’ll get Oprah’s attention and sell a bajillion copies. I wish she were from Cleveland (where the action in the novel takes place); she’d be all over it. But even if the book never enters her perception, there’s always Stephen King, who’s a Don Robertson fan. Maybe he’ll help with the buzz. Meanwhile, I’m doing my part. I’ll post about this again next month. Maybe sooner.