Bestselling Author Robert Fulghum Publishes Long-Awaited Novel "Third Wish"

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Already a bestseller in the Czech Republic, English version to be available on Amazon's Kindle beginning January 15, 2009. The print version will follow on February 1, 2009.

Bestselling author Robert Fulghum ("All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten," "Uh-Oh," "It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It" and "What On Earth Have I Done?") today announced the impending release of the English language version of his long-awaited novel, "Third Wish". The novel will be available first for wireless download on Amazon Kindle, Amazon's wireless reading device, on January 15 and the print version on February 1 on Amazon.com and other select bookstores.

"Third Wish" is a sweeping, lavishly plotted novel in five parts that spans the globe. It is at once a classic quest novel and a rich parable for our times, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, Milan Kundera and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others. Presented in a boxed set as two paperback volumes with an accompanying CD musical soundtrack (downloaded in MP3 format in the Kindle edition), this is a true one-of-a kind novel.

"In fairy tales, the third wish is the last one left when the first wish was foolish, and the second wish was used to undo the first," said Fulghum. "Now the remaining wish must be used wisely and well - with the help of co-conspirators. The main thread of the story begins at a table on a terrace on the Greek Island of Crete. From there it winds its way into the center and back out the same table, passing through Greece, Japan, France, England and Seattle. Woven into the fabric of the novel are cultural history, art, philosophy, archaeology, poetry, theater and music. More than anything else, 'Third Wish' is a long love story - not in the usual sense - but the story of people who love life and will go to great lengths to find a flourishing way onward."

"We are thrilled to support Robert with the English language publication of 'Third Wish' by printing and distributing advance copies to our top customer reviewers and making it available to our customers worldwide," said Jeff Belle, Vice President, Amazon.com. "The early feedback from our Vine reviewers has been very enthusiastic and helpful in creating the marketing plan for this book."

The success of the bestselling Czech translation of "Third Wish" by Argo Publishing encouraged Fulghum to publish his novel in the United States, where he previously commissioned only five handmade copies. After the breakaway success of the Czech edition, the author worked with Amazon.com to print and distribute advance copies of "Third Wish" in English to a select group of Amazon Top Reviewers in the United States. Early reviews have been extremely positive. Below are two examples:

"Third Wish was not like any other book reading experience I have ever had. In fact, it was not like reading a book at all. I would describe it as being on a journey with the characters themselves and actually experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, surroundings, and everything right along with them. The CD that is included with the books, the illustrations, and the way the book is broken down into sections gives the book an interesting feel. It really drew me into the whole experience, as opposed to me being on the outside looking in on the characters' experiences. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!"    -Leigh Ann, Wauwatose, WI

"The story is a fascinating journey through multiple locations, following multiple characters. The characters are all uniquely individual and easy to keep track of. The story is inspiring and at times moving. One of the things I love about this book is how Fulghum manages to surprise the reader, once again showing a command of language and style. I don't often find myself being surprised by a book, but this book was full of surprises."

  • Zsasmine, Fernley NV

"Third Wish" will be available as a Kindle download beginning January 15, 2009. The print version will be released on February 1 for $24.98 at Amazon.com and other select bookstores. To pre-order a copy visit http://www.amazon.com/Third-Wish-2-Boxed-Set/dp/1603800433/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi.

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