Saturday, September 4, 2010
But for now, let me say this: I may stand in the minority with this, but I believe that acknowledgments, in books, actually matter. They tell us something about the person behind the story. They tell us something about the web work of his or her life. Jay's acknowledgments, in Kingdom, carry on across four pages, and from every sentence of thanks there leans humility and grace. There are stories upon stories inside Jay's acknowledgments, and I am lucky to be among those noted. But mostly I smile at Jay's words for his wife, Julie. "I would skin a pack of wild dogs for you," he writes at the close of a long paragraph. The thing is: I'm pretty sure that he would.