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Picket Fences

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Sloane Sawyer had it all planned—she and her best friend Stephie would graduate from high school, get out of Tippett Valley and have dazzling complementary careers. Sloane would become an award-winning graphic designer, creating band posters using Stephie’s artwork. She would also have a loving husband, the requisite two kids and a house with a white picket fence. As she t ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Tidewater Press
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Helen Power

Picket Fences tells the story of a thirty-year-old woman whose life hasn’t turned out quite how she had expected.  She was passed over for a transfer into the graphic design department at her work, and her career aspirations seem to be slipping through her fingers. She’s been married for years, and she’d expected to have had a child with her husband by now.   Even her relationship with her husband has grown is lukewarm over the years.

There are two timelines in this novel--present day a

April Sanderlin
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just read Picket Fences by Emma L. R. Hogg. Ms. Hogg is a Canadian author and they are lucky to have her! I LOVED this book. I was in the middle of reading a major thriller and foolishly read the first few pages of Picket Fences, two days later I'm finished. I don't know how to describe it to you, it's one of those stories that is about nothing and everything. It is the story of a young woman, Sloane, and her friend from high school, Stephie. They made plans for their lives but, as it does for ...more
Jes Trudel
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emma L.R. Hogg has done it again! Hogg knows how to take an average person (who could be any one of us) and bring intrigue and insight to their otherwise ordinary existence. Sloane as a character is deeply flawed, but relatable. Her slow realization of herself, her belated coming-of-age as the book copy describes it, is portrayed with a literary style and grace that is unmistakably Hogg-esque. I'm sure I will be a lifelong reader of Hogg's work and hope she earns the recognition she deserves in ...more
Hailey Hayes
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Canadian author, Emma L.R. Hogg, is a skilled storyteller and writer. Her latest novel, Picket Fences, touches on complicated relationships of the romantic, friend, and familial variety, offering a look at the everyday trials and changes that often occur as we get older. High-school friendships, work relationships, complicated lovers, the difficulties of marriage, and the different ways of dealing with grief. Hogg covers all of these topics and more and connects with areas that are a part of the ...more
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Emma L.R. Hogg graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and started the writing of her first novel, which eventually became Mercedes Mudd, published three years later.

Following Mercedes Mudd (2006), Emma published Pitlin and Swoosh (2009), The Passenger’s Muse (2011), Portraits of Margot (2013), The Fourth Wall (2015), a non-fiction collection, 100: 1 Writer's Journey, 100 Musings

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