• Bridge Ladies

    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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Thanks for the years of great comments, of great spirit, and support of all the writers who hang out here.

Everyone, get a copy or two of Franny & Toby. NOW! Congrats Tetman. You rock!!! Love, Betsy

20 Responses

  1. Way to go Tetman! Book two Mister. I am so thrilled for you and can’t wait to read it.

  2. Wholymacanoly !
    Tet, you did it man. Congrats.
    Can’t wait to read it.

  3. Thanks Betsy and everybody else. But the book’s not out yet. It’s in the final proof stage. It will be coming out very soon.

    • Hey Tetman, final proof is very exciting…congrats! I can attest to the power of cats reading. Years ago I showed my parents’ yellow cat Stevie my manuscript down in Florida. I said, “Stevie, look, my book, my book!” And Stevie patted me on my arm with his paw and exclaimed out loud: “Wow!!” [exact words] Thought of using that as a blurb but decided against it. Best of luck, sir.

  4. details, details, it’s published! we’re all gonna buy it and read it.

  5. That’s fantastic! Congratulations!!

  6. Congratulations (again!!!) Tetman! Very happy for you!

    I saw some info on FB from Tetman about his book, and I said something like “Wow, Tetman, I didn’t know you wrote children’s books.” He said, “I didn’t either until I wrote this one.”

    And that’s how it happens sometimes. Ofcourse there’s a lesson in that simple statement for other writers, don’t you think?

    It will be the perfect gift for Payton this Christmas.

  7. Tetman, this is great news! Congratulations, man.

  8. Ah, Tetman. You go from strength to strength. I’m going to buy a stack of these and deposit them in little free libraries around town.

    Congratulations, my friend.


  9. Tetman! Congratulations on writing a children’s book you didn’t know you would write! And thanks for all of the wit and wisdom you post here and around town.

  10. Congratulations Tetman. Halle-frickin’-lujah!!! I, too, will be purchasing a stack of these for holiday gifts. Cheers to getting it out into the world.

  11. And, the hits just keep coming from this crowd… Congrats, Tetman!

  12. I’m getting one RIGHT NOW!

  13. Sorry to be late to the party. First, I was making brisket, then I was eating brisket, then I was caroling the sweetness of the year to come, and, finally, I was celebrating my granddaughter’s first birthday. None of which has anything to do with the subject at hand, which is Tetman’s book. I am chuffed, Tetman. Congrats, big time.

  14. hey, congrats, Tetman!

  15. Congrats to Tetman. Of course, we’re all surprised that Tetman wrote a children’s book.
    His usual fare is definitely for grownups, or at least people who’ve stopped physically growing.

    For anyone who doesn’t know it, there’s a heap of his previously published writings available free on his blog. Outstanding writings.
    After my dad died I had big trouble getting through it. I flailed about, finding not enough help.
    Then I read a story on Tetman’s blog. Things slipped and slid and moved when I read that story, and somehow it helped me to heal. For that, I will always be grateful to Tetman, and sing his praises.

    Tetman Callis is a damn fine writer, and a damn fine person besides.

    • harry, I gotta rip the mask off. Or at least partway off.

      People, harry — who has another, more given name — is in close cahoots with my publisher and has had a significant role to play in getting F&T ready for the readery world.

      harry, thank you for all that you’ve done for F&T and Silky Oak. And thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm about my writing. It’s good to see that something I wrote did some good in the world.

  16. FRANNY & TOBY is now available in paperback through Amazon. I would include the link here but I think that would be a little tacky, given that this is Betsy’s place, so . . . Amazon’s not so far away.

    Thank you to all of you for your warm and encouraging words. I hope that if you do decide to read the book, it will be to your liking. It’s a children’s book, yes, but it’s for ages ten and up. Are you old enough for it? Are you young enough?

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