TWO NOVELS - MANY LIVES
"A novel of resonant stories that combine to form a powerful meditation on race."
Kirkus Reviews March 3rd, 2014
Colors of the Wheel:
On the night of President Obama's second election, a black girl stands her ground against an assault by a white boy. No one disputes the evidence; however, a judge will decide if she goes to trial. Waiting in the courtroom is her blended family: black, white and brown.
Told in intersecting fictional biographies, each of their stories and struggles have led them to this moment in time and shed light on the challenges of the modern-day color line.
Will justice be served? The novel is not a mystery, beyond the mystery of cultural consciousness. Nor a history – no maids, mammies or masters, no slaves or servants. Rather a modern mosaic that questions how much has changed and how we view race in a post-civil rights/post-Obama America.
In a voice reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, Elizabeth Strout or Meg Wolitzer, these unforgettable characters confront the passion, duplicity, idealism, hope and fury of the millions of Americans who grapple with prejudice every day.
April 2016: SIGNS OF LIFE
Ten years after Nell lost her husband and son in a tragic accident, she remains a solitary figure – living alone, working alone, mired in memory. Anna, her one remaining friend, is an eccentric suburban photo-journalist, who spends one day a week with Nell in Manhattan, offering spiritual and emotional sustenance.
When Anna too is the victim of an accident, Nell leaves her reclusive existence to join family and friends in a vigil. Over the course of one month she is forced to engage with Anna’s husband David, who sees life as a blueprint; Buddhist boss Tim, the editor of the town newspaper; Anna's remarkably poised adolescent children, Beth and Will; best friends Maggie, a light-hearted caterer, and Adrienne, a disenchanted pediatrician; and an octogenarian taxi driver who keeps everyone's secrets.
As she waits for her friend to revive, Nell struggles with a promise she made to Anna to protect her right to die, but can she risk losing her one lifeline? And when she discovers Anna has betrayed their friendship, she questions the personal narrative of her life and their friendship. Which one of these friends will show signs of life?