Oops! Visiting Tom: Ford or Chevy?

Reader Chris C. has sharp eyes and points out that on page 162 of Visiting Tom I refer to Tom’s car as a “long-gone Ford convertible” despite the fact that it was introduced on page 5 as “a white ’49 Chevy convertible.” I have checked, and Chris is quite right. I’m pretty sure it was a Chevy, but I’m going to check with Tom.

Chris also raised a question about the size of the engine. I will ask Tom about that as well.

If you’re new around here, you know I enjoy it when readers contact me with errors they’ve spotted, with one caveat: Anyone who notifies me in the tone of gotcha!, will be dinging on deaf ears. The tens of thousands of words in each book go through rigorous edits, revisions, copyedits, proofreadings, and generalized scrutiny – when something slips through it is despite all the best efforts of a whole team of good folks and as a matter of principle I stand up for the hard work they do.

That said, I want to get things right. And Chris was most congenial. Therefore, he will now have his observations tagged “oops!” so you can find them with all my other errors, literary and not. (Sometimes I even find them myself.)

Thanks, Chris.

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