Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

To my friends in the Northeast:  I hope you all are safe and dry wherever you are. I know this storm is far from over, but we hope that you are through the worst of it.


If someone dies and no one knows about her life, does that mean she didn’t have one?

Lara’s having a tough time. Her business partner has run off to India, where she’s pursuing a romance. Her boyfriend has dumped her. She’s the poor relation to her Uncle Bill, founder of a major chain of coffee houses and creator of a well known motivational seminar series. Her parents feel sorry for her, and she spends most of her energy pretending that nothing is wrong.

When her great-aunt Sadie dies at 105, the last thing Lara wants to do is to attend the funeral of a woman she never knew. Imagine her shock, then, when the ghost of Aunt Sadie appears at the funeral as a young, petulant, demanding young woman whom only Lara can see.

In this rollicking, sometimes laugh-out-loud treasure of a book, Sophie Kinsella deftly reveals both Lara and Sadie, thrown together by chance, with neither of them happy about it. Sadie thinks Lara is boring, and Lara is upset because Sadie shows up at the worst times, leading friends, colleagues, and family to believe that Lara has gone off the deep end.

As we all face our own mortality, we may find ourselves questioning our own legacy. Who will know our stories? Will we, in fact, understand what stories we have left behind? Fall in love with Sadie as you ponder these questions. Walk side by side with Lara as she struggles with confidence. Perhaps, in the end, you’ll see your own life differently. It’s Hallowe’en week after all…why not read a fun ghost story?



Friday Fun and More

Hi, everyone!

Thanks to those of you who submit comments to the blog! You’ve given me some food for thought for future blog posts, and that’s the way I like it. I am hoping that together we have a dialogue about what matters to us. There’s definitely some “overwhelm” going on in our little creative community, and I know how that feels. Together, let’s get through it! I even received some information in my in-box this morning that I think will help, so I’ll share that next week.

In the meantime, it’s Friday, so let’s have some fun! I met Brooklyn James at a writers’ conference last year in Austin. I approached her because I wanted to know the secret to her toned arms (um, lift weights, Nadine), and we ended up having a lively discussion about books and writing.

She’s not only an emerging novelist, but a talented musician as well. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, is a touching coming-of-age-in-a-dysfunctional-family drama. She felt inspired to create a soundtrack as well, and recently made a music video, which I share with you today. I love Can’t Get It Right because I think it captures the complexity of the female experience. The scenes in the video make sense if you read the book, but the song stands on its own. Enjoy!

Can’t Get It Right