Take one novel. In this case The Binding, which was originally published in 2005 but that had been a part of my life since 2000 when I submitted it, in an early version, for my M.A. thesis at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After pretty good sales and good publicity, my publisher said she was no longer publishing paperback novels, only e-books, and so I had an ‘out of print’ book.
This is something of a misnomer, since the book was published originally by ‘print on demand’ technology, which was then apparently synonymous with ‘self-publishing’ but actually only meant the book was digitally printed and so the file, and therefore printing it, could go on forever. No one had to warehouse The Binding.
However, The Binding was not going to go on forever. By that time my second novel The Rabbi’s Husband had been put out by a different small publisher. (Good bless small publishers and all their doings, by the way.)
At any rate, the same publisher offered to ‘reprint’ The Binding. Now, recognize that much of this language is out of date. We’re just hanging on to it in the same way we use the names of horse-drawn carriages to describe cars (coupe, salon, etc.).
So, today, the second edition of The Binding came into my hand. It has a new and very beautiful cover, designed by a gifted friend, Rena Konheim, with the cooperation of the art glass company that created a stained glass window about The Binding of Isaac and the church that houses that window.
This is rebirth, nothing less. I have another chance to put out the word on The Binding, my book that deals with the lives of the three men, all sons of Holocaust survivors. Oddly, I have just resurrected an old manuscript about a woman who is, unknowingly, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. No, I don’t think it’s a theme, and no, I’m not the child of survivors, any more than our whole society is a survivor of that darkest period of recent history.
If you have a chance, look up The Binding on Amazon, and soon, on Kindle. In its first iteration it has been very kindly reviewed, was a best seller in Canada and now appears on the college curriculum, both in Holocaust studies and religious studies departments, a several universities.