If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered why he stopped publishing.
Booklist did indeed review DeSario’s first novel, Limbo. We did not, however, review Sanctuary. So when I met with DeSario and he showed me his sole copy of the original galley (pictured), I did what Booklist reviewers do with galleys: I reviewed it. Starring a book never felt so good.
DeSario was also gracious enough to submit to a few questions on video. Below, he talks about getting that phone call from me out of the blue, how Sanctuary was inspired by this Little Steven song(!), and where he plans to go from here.
You can still find Sanctuary–check Amazon, Alibris, or your local library. Don’t make me hoard every single copy. (See below.) But just because Sanctuary is my thing, that doesn’t mean it’s yours. What book do you love that no one else has ever heard of?
Tell me what that book is. (And then maybe find the author and tell him or her, too.)
Update 5/5/11: Good news has just come my way. Doubleday has announced that they will be putting both of DeSario’s novels back into print via e-books. Sanctuary (9780307801722) will be released on June 15, and Limbo will follow. Sometimes the good guys win after all.