Joy Fielding

Letter from Joy

August 5, 2022

Hi, everyone,
Well, summer has truly arrived, judging by the ultra-hot temperatures. It’s so scorching outside that my daily walks feel as if I’m walking through a sauna. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, although I have to confess that my hair does not. And I could do with a little less humidity - ditto my hair. But still, so much preferable to the icy, cold, snowy winter we had last year. I’m just hoping that this year’s winter will be much milder. And that we’ll finally be able to spend part of the time in Florida. We haven’t seen our house there in two and a half years! Hopefully, it’s still standing.

And very exciting news: my new book, THE HOUSEKEEPER, will hit stores in North America this month, on August 16th. I just finished reading it again - I always like to read my books once they’re in book form, so I can get a feel for what the reader will experience, even if I already know how everything turns out. I’m happy to report that I consider it one of my best, and hope you will too. For those of you who are interested, I have a number of publicity engagements lined up: on Monday, August 15 at 1 pm, I’ll be a guest on The Richard Crouse Show on Newstalk 1010 on your radio dial; on August 16, I’ll be serving as 5th chair on CTV's popular TV show, “The Social.” I’ve appeared on this show several times in the past, and always loved my time there. It’s a great group of women and always fun to do. On August 23, I’ll be a guest on the CBC radio show, Here and Now, at 4:45. On September 22, I’ll be doing a virtual appearance at the Barrie Public Library at 7 pm, and on October 21, I’ll be appearing at the Ottawa Writers’ Festival. Other dates have yet to be confirmed, but rest assured, I’ll keep you posted. It’s especially nice to be doing most of these interviews in person, as it’s been so long since I’ve been able to do anything other than on Zoom, so I’m greatly looking forward to it all. I believe that August is also the month that the mass market edition of my previous novel, CUL-DE-SAC, hits the stores.

In other, more personal, news, we had our delicious grandchildren stay with us for a whole week, as my daughter was away on a business trip. We had a blast. Saw three movies - Marcel, the Shell with Shoes on (delightful), Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (sweet but oh, so predictable. It’s not a good sign when your nine-year old granddaughter predicts in detail the ending 15 minutes into the film), and Thor: God of Love and Thunder (I had absolutely no idea what was going on for most of the picture, but the cast was great and Chris Hemsworth is very easy on the eyes.) We also went to the bookstore several times, the museum, and the golf club to which I belong, for lunch and a swim. The kids are lovely, smart, and easy to be around. It was a real pleasure to spend some prolonged time with them, especially since they’ll be moving to Miami soon for my daughter’s work. Hopefully we’ll get to see lots of them this winter.

This afternoon, my husband and I are going to see Top Gun: Maverick, and I’m looking forward to it. Everyone says it’s terrific, and I’m hoping they’re right. I also want to see Where The Crawdads Sing, Nope, and Bullet Train. It’s nice to be back in the theatres again, although I’m going to pass on the Toronto Film Festival this year. Still not ready for crowds and long line-ups, especially with COVID cases expected to rise again. Almost everyone we know has gotten it. Luckily, we’ve managed to avoid it thus far. Hopefully, our luck will continue.

I read David Sedaris’s book of short essays, which I loved, and recently purchased Jeanine Cummin’s new non-fiction, true-crime book, A Rip In Heaven, as well as Growing Up Getty and Leah McClaren’s memoir about growing up with her mother, called Where You End and I Begin. All non-fiction, which seems to be all my mind can deal with at the moment. As I’ve stated many times, I find non-fiction much easier to read, as it doesn’t demand the same level of concentration and commitment as a novel. And I’m feeling the beginnings of a new novel tingling through my self-conscious, so we’ll see what happens there.

And that’s about it for now. Enjoy the rest of the month. Keep safe and stay healthy - COVID isn’t done with us yet. Let me know what you think of THE HOUSEKEEPER.