Letter from Joy
June 27, 2021
Well, it’s looking as if the end of Covid is finally - hopefully, fingers crossed - on the horizon. It’s been a long year and a half, and I’m thrilled to report that everyone in my family, except my two young grandchildren who aren’t eligible yet, have received both doses of the vaccine. (Please - if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, do it ASAP. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of your health and the health of those around you. Seriously, would you rather have Covid? I simply don’t understand this reluctance to get vaccinated. Talk to people who were around before there were vaccines and people died regularly of now totally preventable illnesses.)
I’m also thrilled to report that Toronto is finally starting to open up again, albeit very slowly and cautiously. Restaurants are now open for patio service, although no inside dining as yet. And hairdressing salons will be open as of the end of June - finally!!! As with most of the city’s female population, I can’t wait to get my hair styled and coloured and cut. This pioneer look is not a good one for me, and while I, somewhat miraculously, don’t have a lot of grey, I’m not overly fussy about the silver strands I DO see. Unfortunately, cinemas and theatres are still closed, and stores are allowed customers on a very limited capacity basis, so the result is long lines to get in everywhere. We actually drove to Niagara-on-the-Lake with friends a few days ago and had a wonderful lunch on the patio of the Two Sisters Winery, and then strolled down the charming main street, where I did some serious shopping in several of the stores. I am now fully outfitted for summer, so hopefully, more and more places will start opening up, and I’ll get to wear everything. Also did some shopping at Basch and Kiton, two stores on Yorkville Avenue. What fun to shop again!
We’ve also been golfing - very badly, I might add. But it’s nice to get out there again, and to have something to do other than go for long walks. Hopefully, my swing will return sooner than later, but one never knows.
Work on my new novel continues, although at a somewhat slower pace, now that summer is here and there is more to do. I’m still hoping to have it finished by the end of August so that it can be published next summer, but we’ll see. Meanwhile, I’m very excited to report that CUL-DE-SAC will be out on August 10, and that it received a rave advance review in Booklist, which called it “about as perfect a character-based thriller as you can find” as well as “an outstanding thriller and a perfect beach read.” It’s available for pre-order now, so I hope you’ll all buy and enjoy it. Also, one of my older novels, WHISPERS AND LIES, has been reissued in the U.S. and is available in stores and online. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, I think it’s one of my best, and it’s my husband’s all-time favourite. I’m so thrilled that bookstores are now open again, as I love going to bookstores and seeing all the exciting fiction that’s available.
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, and Happy Fourth of July to my American friends and readers. Stay safe, stay well, be happy, and be kind to one another. Until next month,