Monday, March 16, 2009

A heartfelt thank you to my friends and readers, and upcoming tour dates

First off... if you're in New England or New York - I hope you'll come out to one of this week's events. I'd love to see you there!

Thursday, March 19, 2009; 8:00 PM
In The Flesh Reading Series @ Happy Ending (302 Broome Street, New York, NY)

Friday, March 20, 2009; 7:00 PM
Books on the Square (471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906)

Monday, March 23, 2009; 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble # 2255 (97 Warren St. @ Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007)

Secondly... Hey, my book is in the stores and stuff! So far, the apocalypse has not arrived. I'm very disappointed! I was hoping for volcanoes! Unfortunately, God's Christian earth has not opened up to swallow all the Jews and heathens, and I am starting to doubt if I actually am a real apostate after all. Aren't we supposed to have some kind of apostate super powers, like invisibility or radioactive Christmas Caroling or something?

Despite the depressing lack of end times, I want to say: THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who has been interested in the book and eagerly anticipated the release along with me.

I've been getting some good reviews, and that's amazing. Although, I have to admit, I don't crave good reviews as much as I just fear bad ones. When I read a nice review, I mostly breathe a sigh of relief and think: "Thank God, I narrowly escaped again!"

But it means so much to me that people have enjoyed reading the book! And in hardcover, even!

More importantly, I've gotten some beautiful emails from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses who see their own childhoods represented in the pages that I wrote. I think that if no one else read the book except for a few ex-JW's who could recognize themselves within - it would all be worth it.

So thank you for all your thoughts and emails, and thank you for reading and for enjoying. Thank you for being so supportive!

Also, some of you know that I went through a a sudden and unexpected personal trauma last September and at one point, I wasn't sure what it would mean for the book release.

Ultimately, I got through it and am stronger for it! But I have to stress that I didn't do it alone.

Just to name a few of the people who supported me and were there for me through it all: Amy Bennett, Tim Ledwith, Dave Inkpen, Danny Kischel, Dan Newbower, Erik Seims, Nassib Hamman, Alexa O'Brien, Jodi, and, of course, my awesome brother Noah. There are more, but names escape me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To those of you I haven't met yet - thank you for buying the book and for liking the book, or for at least putting the book on your shelf to be read at a later date.

It's been quite a year for me! Thanks to all the amazing people I know, I think it's gonna stay that way!

Yours in Worldliness,

- Kyria


Somsara Rielly said...

Greetings Kyria - I just finished your book in the most unusual circumstances that I wanted to share with you and thank you for. I grew up in the "Beverly Hills Congregation" of JWs and was disfellowshipped 10 years ago (for falling in love - may god strike me down!) My mother who is still a witness only talks to me in "emergency" situations. She was recently in a car accident and I took her to the hospital and sat in the waiting room for hours during her surgery while 3 other witnesses (an elder, pioneer and another) I had known my whole life sat 10 feet from me and ignored me. I passed the time in the waiting room by reading your book (I had put another dust jacket over it so as not to completely antagonize my mother), and I have to tell you it really made the whole experience bearable albeit it surreal - I could laugh amidst my anger. Naturally at one point the "elder" broke his silence and tried to encourage me to "return to jehovah" (accosting me while my mother is in surgery - hardly appropriate!) and when i said i wasn't interested please leave me alone he went back to the group that was ignoring me. I should have tried to place your book with them as literature and then called back on an RV. Reading your book (especially the first 100 or so pages) was like having someone read my childhood back to me. My heart is always a little sad for us all, but is exuberant that a lot of us made it out. Congratulations to you for being able to so honestly share your story with others. It really helps - and makes us feel like we aren't alone in such a bazar upbringing. I will happily spread the word about your book and wish you continued success. yours in worldliness, Somsara

Anonymous said...

Where do I start.....

Unfortunately for the small child Kyria, this is without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read. The present day, worldly Kyria, you are one funny writer. I actually got stuck on many, many paragraphs with so much laugh-tears that I couldn't read. I actually simply picked up the book and fell apart in laughter....Mmm perhaps the book is possessed by demons!! I'll tell ya, if it is, they are the funniest muther *&^#@'s I have EVER been around and I think I'll keep em!! Wonderfully written, and a pathetic comedic nightmare. I'm sorry Kyria had to go through all that but she has made a lot of people happy with laughter...Tony Rao

Kyria Abrahams said...


That is an amazing story. How surreal. I could not think of a better use for my book! I hope that it was able to deflect some of the heartlessness of shunning (which is done out of love and concern, dontchya know?) Thank you for reading, and I hope that your mother will be okay.

Tony, thank you! That's so nice of you to say, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

- Kyria

¡Vizcacha! said...

Ms. Abrahams, I am so glad you wrote this book, so I didn't have to. But, girl, you were singin' my life with your words. Your funny, funny words. Congratulations for taking this show to the big time!