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Sara Goff, I Always Cry at Weddings
Ava Larson is going to bring all the other brides to tears.
Engaged to a wealthy NYC socialite's son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding. At least until she realizes her relationship isn't what it should be. Then, in a move as daring as a red satin dress, she does the unthinkable--she calls it all off and makes a promise to God that from now on, she'll save sex for marriage.
She's convinced the future is hers for the taking, especially when an undercover cop promises a new romance...and an unexpected friendship with the homeless guy under her stoop brightens her days.
But when her carefully balanced life teeters out of control, weddings aren't the only thing to make her cry. Ava has to figure out what life she really wants to live...and what in the world love really means.
Sara Goff founded the global educational charity Lift the Lid, Inc. in 2010, which supports underprivileged schools and encourages young people to exercise their creative expression through writing. Formerly a New York City fashion designer/merchandiser, Sara left her seven-year career and resolved to make a difference in the world.
Lois Mathieu, Women Under Siege
NORA BOOKBINDER runs an art gallery on the upper coast of Maine and hosts fundraisers to support safe homes for women fleeing from abusive men. Single by choice, she mistrusts the history of warring, raping, and misogyny, and views heterosexuality as a conundrum. Marrying into this culture is out of the question.
But when a sudden earthquake strikes her village, Nora falls in love with the seismologist heading up the investigation. Passion for the man weakens her independent nature and puts her in crises mode. She goes off to a hideaway in the Colorado Plateau to heal up and consider the risks of marrying the only man she has ever loved. Underlying this love story is the question of marriage and the intrigue that develops in the life of a woman who chooses to remain single. In the real world, more women are raising children without getting married, and many others choose not to have children due to the imposed financial burden.
The choice to govern their lives puts women in a situation never before possible, let alone thinkable. Nora Bookbinder's reason for dodging marriage is more daunting, even grim, because her choice is grounded in mistrust of the inherent nature of men. Here, on this playing field, is where the axis of culture, tradition, and biology collide.
Lois Mathieu, award-winning writer in fiction and poetry, holds a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in New York and a Master's in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Theresa Mieczkowski, When I Was Jane
“Do you know your name? Do you know where you are?”
I remember pieces of things, flashes of time.
I remember being pulled from a car. I remember flying in a helicopter. I remember voices.
Female, car accident, multiple injuries.
“What is your name?” he asks again.
I remember what they called me. “Jane?”
She awakens to a life she doesn’t remember. A husband and daughter she doesn’t know. They say her name is Audrey Gilbert—wife of heart surgeon Jason Gilbert, mother of five-year-old Daisy, and daughter-in-law to an iconic American political family. But something isn’t right.
Convinced she is not who they say, she adopts the name Jane. While her doctor begins to wonder if her condition is caused by a psychological dissociation, Jane suspects Jason Gilbert may have something to gain from his wife’s memory loss. As she searches for answers, Jane unravels a tapestry of secrets and lies, ultimately revealing the shocking truth and discovering just how far someone would go to make her forget. Written with humor and insight, When I Was Jane is a compelling tale of triumph over adversity that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Theresa Mieczkowski is a writer, photographer and behavioral consultant who lives in Woodbury, Connecticut with her husband, three kids and two dogs. Margo Navage Padala is an editor and college essay consultant who specializes in helping applicants find their voice and tell their story. She lives in New York with her husband and two boys.
Yvette Nachmias-Baeu, Clara at Sixty
Clara at Sixty is the portrait of a woman who, after losing her husband at an age when life begins to contract, returns to the world of fumbling, emotionally confused relationships.
The series of mismatches are sometimes passionate and exciting, sometimes funny, but ultimately sad. Still grieving and searching for her identity, marginalized by a society that views women past their prime as invisible, she knows she must come to terms with the loss of her husband, the death of too many friends and the new reality of "being an older woman." Her search to find meaning for the last chapter of her life is universal. A struggle that begins at birth and changes over time and circumstance. Clara, in the end, discovers her way forward.
Yvette Nachmias-Baeu,has been a psychiatric nurse, a professional actress, an advertising producer at a major New York agency, a farmer, and a creative entrepreneur. Her first book, A Reluctant Life, a memoir about the death of her husband and the process of grief, won honorable mention at the New England Book Festival. Clara at Sixty is the fictionalized sequel.
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