I'm very happy to announce that on Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm ET, Kathleen McCleary will be joining Book Club Girl on Air to discuss her new novel, A Simple Thing, on sale today!
When Susannah Delaney discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote, rustic Sounder Island to live for a year. A simple island existence—with no computers or electricity and only a one-room schoolhouse—is just what her over scheduled East Coast kids need to learn what's really important in life. But the move threatens her marriage to the man she's loved since childhood, and her very sense of self.
For Betty Pavalak, who moved to Sounder to save her own troubled marriage, the island has been a haven for fifty years. But Betty also knows the guilt of living with choices made long ago and actions that cannot be undone. The unlikely friendship between Susannah and Betty ignites a journey of self-discovery for both women and brings them both home to what they love most. A Simple Thing moves beyond friendship, children, and marriages to look deeply into what it means to love and forgive—yourself.
Kathleen is the author of House & Home, which Ladies Home Journal praised as a "highly enjoyable read." Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Falling Together, says about A Simple Thing, "There is so much to love...the way it transports you to another world; its delicate explorations of guilt and forgiveness; its lovely prose."
I have 10 copies of A Simple Thing to give to 10 people who comment that they can participate in our show on Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm ET. I'll pick 10 random commenters from anyone who posts by 11:59pm Wednesday July 25th. Set your reminder for the show here, and browse inside the book here. For more with Kathleen McCleary, visit her website, become a fan on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.