Gallery (Pocket), Dec 14 2010, $15.00
Her book was an Oprah pick, a bestseller and a near Pulitzer winner. So Abigail Donovan wonders what she is doing in a Queens’ bookstore competing with Biffy the Bunny and bailing out the owner by wearing Biff’s bunny costume. She should be working her next book, but has writer’s block with her confidence sinking faster than the stock market during a recession.
Her publicist signs her up at Twitter. She soon cyber-meets Twitter user “MarkBaynard", who mentors her as to the rules of writing in a 140 character environ. Twittering back and forth with retweets and much more, she learns he is a professor on sabbatical seeing the world. No longer feeling sorry for herself, she wants to join her tweeter mate in the real world; not yet understanding the masks people wear in cyberspace to conceal the real person and what they are doing in the mundane realm.
Different, but well-written, Goodnight Tweetheart is a fascinating contemporary relationship drama that mostly uses Tweeter messaging to tell the story. Character driven, fans will root for the pair as Abby finds her muse and groove through her tweetheart MarkBaynard.