A heartfelt and exceptionally human novel about the best mistakes a person can make.
Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.
But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.
Oh, Joan of Kent, the Fair Maid of Kent, such a romantic story!
“Here’s the question that nagged and nagged until I just had to take it on,” admits Emma Campion, author of A Triple Knot.
“If her marriage to Prince Edward was so happy, why did Joan choose to be buried with her first husband, Thomas Holland, a mere knight for most of his life, Duke of Kent only at the end (for just a matter of months)? Why would she give up being buried beside her beloved Edward? A royal burial?”
I filed away these stories, fascinated by the deception and heartache hidden within seemingly normal lives.
“[My years working as a private investigator] proved invaluable when writing my new novel Until You’re Mine,” says Samantha Hayes, “although it wasn’t until many years after I left the job that I was ready to write my experiences into novels, weaving stories around the matured ideas.”
“I like to think of my books as “real-life fiction,” making my readers think: What if this happened to me? What would I do in that situation?”
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you’re desperately wanting more? The questions in this Reader’s Guide will continue your reading journey — and start a lively book club discussion!
Pilgrim’s Wilderness is the riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness – and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch.
Veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin.
Why can’t you write your memoir as a novel?
“My mother has asked me this regarding my memoir about my sexy single girl travel adventures two or three dozen times,” admits Kristin Newman, author of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, “hoping to protect the innocent (herself, my fiancé, Russian and Brazilian and Israeli and Australian bartenders).”
“And it’s a seductive idea, this notion of hiding in fiction. I’m terrified of publishing what is a more entertaining version of my diary. But despite the warm blanket that pretending to fictionalize one’s life presents, I just can’t do it.”
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