Hello friends, fans, Tomatoes and other readers.
I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new novel. My very first novel. It’s called Laughing in the Dark. And sure, of course it’s about women.
It is being published by open-books.com and will be out in late summer.
The main characters are three long-time Northern California friends who every summer go camping to drink and party to excess and laugh long into the night.
But now there’s a new darkness, the kind that creeps in when you start to fear things like getting sick and dying and losing friends and what happens if our brain turns to oatmeal.
When people ask what the book’s about I say: dying, old friends, fear of dementia, cancer, love, infidelity… and, oh yes, it can be funny. Because you don’t get to this point in life without laughing…and crying…over some of life’s absurdities with your best friends. Like, asking who will do your makeup when you die.
Now, meet my characters.
Jude is a retired counselor, a fan of the SF Giants and Sauvignon Blanc, married to a good guy and consumed by fears of the disease that stole her mother.
- This is what haunts Jude:
“Could she have her mother’s throaty laugh and not have her disease? Could she look like her, fear cats like her, prefer her eggs scrambled with hot peppers just like Ruthie but not end up alone in a room where the TV never shuts off?”
Franny is looking for romance, at least some good sex, and a plot for a best seller so she can quit her job as a burned-out college teacher. She’s becoming intrigued by the California style of dying.
- “A woman at school has her very own casket sitting in her living room. She uses it as a storage chest and coffee table. It has extra blankets and pillows inside and on the top, a pile of magazines and candlesticks. But one day she’ll be inside.”
Anna sells overpriced houses in Wine Country, had breast cancer, is in an up-and-down marriage and her mother-in-law just moved in.
- About friendship, Anna agrees, “It’s the women in your life who hold you up. It’s so much easier to handle getting older when your friends are going through the same damn things.”