Kirkus dubs 'Parkland' a 'masterpiece'--1st review!

January 13, 2019

The first review just came in for Parkland: Birth of a Movement, and it's a starred review, from one of the 4 major advance-review pubs, Kirkus.


The last time Kirkus awarded a star for nonfiction was Nov 1! That will be 3 months when its Parkland review appears in their Feb. 1 print edition. (Just posted online.) 


Kirkus defines a starred review as: "Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit." 


The opening clause made me happy:


An incisive study of one of the past year's most significant mass shootings . . . 


But it was the closing line that made my heart skip a beat:


In both Columbine and this up-to-the minute portrait of the Parkland tragedy, Cullen has produced masterpieces that are simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful about a saner future.


That's enough encouragement to right a third book about this ghastly topic. Nearly. I believe two is my limit--for me, and for our kids. Please let this be the way out.


I'm eager to get back to my gay soldiers book. (And a secret project I can't talk about yet.)


Here's how the search looked for upcoming starred nonfiction just before they posted my review Sunday, BTW:





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