There are very few writers who are writing exactly, exactly the books I want to read. The kinds of books Marisa de los Santos writes, or Tayari Jones,There are very few writers who are writing exactly, exactly the books I want to read. The kinds of books Marisa de los Santos writes, or Tayari Jones, or Julianna Baggott, or Lydia Netzer. The kind of books I try very hard to write. You know---the ones that make you FEEL things and yet never get treacly or manipulate the weep or sell out for the TOO happy ending that I am too pragmatic and jaded to believe in. Books where the language matters A WHOLE LOT but the point of the sentence is never just the language. Where the characters are flawed and difficult (sort of like, you know, people,) and the themes are strong, submerged threads running all through, basically requiring a second reading because on the first one, I was too engaged and desperate to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT to get all the stacked, delicious SMART nuance. This book is like that book.
I wrote a blurb for it, and I meant every word:
BE FRANK WITH ME is that rare, hits-me-just-right book I am always hoping to find when browsing: Witty, but never cutesy. Deeply felt, but never sentimental. Peopled with deeply flawed, fully realized characters I cared about. It pulled me in so strongly that I found myself reading in that whole body way that is a rare and luminous pleasure after childhood, so immersed that the phone and the dogs and the kids had to work to pull me out. I loved every minute I spent in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s glass house with her cast of dedicated stone-throwers. This one is special---don’t miss it. ...more
Paula Vauss grew up close to homeless, on the road with her free-wheeling, hippie mother. Kai was a roviCOMING IN JANUARY 2016
The Opposite of Everyone
Paula Vauss grew up close to homeless, on the road with her free-wheeling, hippie mother. Kai was a roving storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with Southern Oral Tradition to re-invent their history every year. When she was eleven, Paula told the wrong truth at the wrong time, sending her mother to prison and landing herself in foster care. Paula hasn’t seen her mother for fifteen years, but this is a Karmic debt; she’s still making all kinds of payments on it.
In her current incarnation, she’s a tough-as-nails Atlanta attorney with an impressive string of wins. She lives alone and likes it that way, happy with her career, her few close friends, and a string of casual lovers. But when her estranged mother goes missing out in Texas, a secret from the ever-mutable past lands on Paula’s doorstep, literally, and Paula learns she’s not an only child. It’s the worst possible time; she’s embroiled in a divorce case that will make or break her at her firm, and her client’s husband has moved two steps past crazy into dangerous.
She enlists the help of Zach Birdwine, an ex-cop and Paula’s ex-lover. He hasn’t spoken to her since she broke his heart, but with the case heating up, Kai in the wind, and ghosts of her past selves and her past decisions rising, Paula needs his skill set. THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us or make us whole. ...more
This ebook original short story is a prequel to SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY. One of the main characters from the novel narrates, and the action takes plThis ebook original short story is a prequel to SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY. One of the main characters from the novel narrates, and the action takes place about 2 months before SELS begins. It's about how we become mothers, But not in the obvious, biological way. *grin* It's about the transformative nature of parenthood.
I wrote almost 40K words of SELS before I realized I was telling the wrong story. I cut them all and stuffed them in a file called Pretty Cuts. This is not unusual; I have a very fat Pretty Cuts file for each of my novels.
MY OWN MIRACULOUS grew out of one of those pre-writing scenes. Literally grew out of -- that scene was soil. Only 2 sentences and one seriously revamped character made it out of that pre-writing into this story.
MY OWN MIRACULOUS is available as an ebook and in an audio version, which I narrated. I hope you enjoy it!...more