Saturday, July 29, 2017

LOST IN THE BEEHIVE is available for preorder, comes out April 10th!

I am so pleased that my third novel, Lost in the Beehive is now available for preorder!

From the author of Above Us Only Sky and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, a touching new novel set in the 1960s about the power of friendship, love, and accepting your past in order to find a future.

For nearly her entire life, Gloria Ricci has been followed by bees.

They’re there when her mother loses twin children; when she first meets a neighborhood girl named Isabel, who brings out feelings in her that she knows she shouldn’t have; and when her parents, desperate to “help” her, bring her to the Belmont Institute, whose glossy brochures promise healing and peace. She tells no one, but their hum follows her as she struggles to survive against the Institute’s cold and damaging methods, as she meets an outspoken and unapologetic fellow patient named Sheffield Schoeffler, and as they run away, toward the freewheeling and accepting glow of 1960s Greenwich Village, where they create their own kind of family among the artists and wanderers who frequent the jazz bars and side streets.

As Gloria tries to outrun her past, experiencing profound love—and loss—and encountering a host of unlikely characters, including her Uncle Eddie, a hard-drinking former boyfriend of her mother’s, to Madame Zelda, a Coney Island fortune teller, and Jacob, the man she eventually marries but whose dark side threatens to bring disaster, the bees remain. It’s only when she needs them most that Gloria discovers why they’re there.

Moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to the streets of New York to the swamps of North Carolina and back again, Lost in the Beehiveis a poignant novel about the moments that teach us, the places that shape us, and the people who change us.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Freshmen Common Read: Above Us Only Sky at Virginia Wesleyan College

I am honored that my second novel Above Us Only Sky was chosen as the Freshmen Common Read for this fall 2017 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. I can't wait to speak with
the incoming class of freshmen and faculty about my book, which explores many disciplines: literary, art, historical, political and magical.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

George Glass Loves Lily Snow

I wrote, THE END... 

This novel, George Glass Loves Lily Snow, came to me in the same way dreams and visions come to the protagonist George, without warning, spectacularly vivid. I had the idea for this book five years ago, started it, then set it aside, eventually losing the pages in one of my many computer-glitch catastrophes. Enter the beautiful novelist Lydia Netzer. She visited a bookclub at my house for her novel, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, and bam, synchronicity, right time, right place... as she was talking, the story in its entirety came like a gift from the muse.

I wrote it beginning in January, and just finished it last night. I am grateful to my muse.