About a week and a half ago I was out having lunch with some dear old friends. After we supped on ceviche and fresh fish, Felipe took them sightseeing and I headed back home to finish my work for the day. When I walked into the apartment I realized I had missed a call from my editor, the fabulous Joey McGarvey. Her message was ebullient: RISING had just been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction! I was, as I am sure you can imagine, completely over-the-moon. I paced the apartment end-to-end for a couple hours, calling those who had lent their testimony to RISING and those whose love and support made this project possible. Now I am telling you all to share in the joy that is being named a finalist for such an incredible prize.