I love book dedications. They are always the first thing I read in a book. One of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me is that I taught that person to always read the dedication in a book. This was, naturally, written inside the front cover of a book that was a gift (a book of Andre Dubus stories).
Some of my favorite dedications were between Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris. Of course we know now that their story ended in pain, but the particular texture and intensity of their love affair is reflected in the dedications of their books. For some reason they’ve always really captured my imagination.
From Louise to Michael:
U R Lucky 4 Me
(The Bingo Palace – the book from which the quote that names this blog is taken)
Complice in every word,
Essential as air.
(The Beet Queen)
The story comes up different every time and has no ending but always begins with you.
From Michael to Louise:
who found the song and gave me voice.
Companion through every page, through every day. Compeer.
(Yellow Raft in Blue Water)
I love other dedications, like Fitzgerald’s simple and ineffably moving “Once again to Zelda” in The Great Gatsby.
Do you read dedications? Who would you dedicate a book to?
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