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The Art of Her Life

Emily, a single parent with two young daughters, pushes away the man she loves in order to guard her time to herself. When tragedy strikes, she turns to her lifelong love of art and to Henri Matisse—his words and his paintings—for answers. Perhaps art will provide a doorway through which Emily will find herself—as well as love—before it's too late.

The Art of Her Life (as The Painting Story) placed on the Short List for Finalists in the 2010 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the novel category. Also as The Painting Story, it was a finalist for the 2008 Emory University Novel Prize. It is currently unavailable for purchase.


Between Here and Gone

When Catherine, born in 1962, says “I do” in 1985, she begins a fall from equality that lands her in bed with her husband but without the power to negotiate the time she turns out the light on her bedside table. By agreeing to stay home with the children and then enclosing herself in a bubble, Catherine’s marriage sinks to the husband-and-wife roles familiar to her from childhood. Her only connection to the world becomes the weather and the news supplied by the dreaded TV. Ultimately she must drive away from her life in order to find it.

Between Here and Gone placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the novel category. It is currently unavailable for purchase.


Love Like This

Angelina has been a wife and mother for years;

now she just wants to be herself.

Love Like This is the story of a couple after the youngest of their three daughters leaves for college. For whatever reason, they haven’t talked about what will come after. Angelina has been home all these years, while Will has been out there. He’s looking forward to coming home, and she's looking forward to an empty house.

Across America baby boomers are becoming empty nesters and dealing with a new phase of life. Love Like This, which deals with the effects of long-term marriages and changing circumstances on the self and on love, tells one of these stories. It is currently unavailable for purchase.


 

 

Breakfast, Henri Matisse 1920
© 2010 Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: © Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967
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