The year I lived in Italy, I had a necklace engraved for my birthday. It was a phrase from Lord Alfred Tennyson's Ulysses from high school English; my all-time favorite line of his stirring, famous poem:
Sono una parte di tutto quello che ho incontrato --
I am part of all that I have met.
In my writing, my relationships and my career pursuits, this saying always sticks. If you and I have ever crossed paths, if you have ever looked in my eye or touched my hand or read my work, then we have left an impression on each other. Together we make the world go round. My life would not be what it is without you.
Thanks for entering. I'm glad you're here.
On sale August 2011. HarperCollins Publishers.
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