One of my favorite books from when I was a child is celebrating its 40th anniversary, so when the lovely people over at Macmillan asked if I wanted to participate in the celebratory blog tour, I was all for it. Tuck Everlasting is a book that became dog-eared and ragged in my hand as I read it over and over again. I’m so excited that it has had such a lasting presence for 40 years, and can’t wait to share it with the kids in my life when they get a bit older.
A special 40th Anniversary edition with a foreword by Gregory Maguire (the mastermind behind the Wicked series) is coming out on January 20. You can preorder it here and I highly suggest that you do. I just received my copy in the mail and it’s beautiful. It made my nostalgic heart grow a little.
As part of the anniversary celebration, Macmillan is asking book bloggers are the interwebs one simple question:
What if you could live forever?
Oh man, that’s the ultimate dream, right? Then I would have all the time to read all the books and see all the television shows and consume all the stories that I could possibly ever want. Living forever without the fear of sudden death and illness would lift a weight that likes to follow me around during day-to-day life, so I absolutely would dream from Winnie Foster’s spring.
Because there has to be an except. Would immortality be worth it without being able to bring your loved ones along? Can I have that caveat? That I would absolutely live forever, but only if my significant other and my family could come along with me? I would love to have all the time in the world to explore careers without fearing that I was stuck wasting my time doing one thing for the rest of my life. I could be more adventurous knowing that some of the worst consequences couldn’t apply for me. But it would only be worth it if I wasn’t alone, that I didn’t have to face the rest of eternity without someone with me.
So I suppose my answer is yes, but with a caveat. The rest of time is a lonely place to be on your own.
What about you? Would you dream from the well of immortality? What would you do with all that time? And do you have fond memories of reading Tuck Everlasting as a child like I do?
Farrar Straus Giroux
40th Anniversary Edition Comes out January 20
Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.