13-year old Etsy-crafter girl Amber is not happy about being forced to move from urban-chic Chicago to preppy, suburban Florida for her sister’s tennis career. Or about leaving her best friend, Adam. Or the single-sex classrooms in her new junior high. Or that her sister gets to do school online and chase a fuzzy yellow ball around a court all day. And so she’s willing to do anything to get back home—even make up a fake charity so she can sell her jewelry designs at the school store and keep the money for herself. But keeping a big secret like that—not to mention trying to secretly get emancipated from her parents—turns out to be harder than it sounds. Harder yet is that life in Sweetspot, Florida turns out way sweeter than expected. Will she stay or will she go now?
Bret Michaels at the Symphony
What happens after you’ve achieved your biggest dream—getting published—and it turns out more like an embarrassing nightmare? If you’re me, you’d spend an inordinate number of hours/days/weeks/years wallowing in worry about the mean reviews, slow book sales, and whether you should get your MFA. And then you’d misguidedly head off to one of the literary world’s most hoighty-toighty conferences to try and prove your worth. There, I felt like I’d landed on some entirely different planet, alternately coveted and despised the culture I encountered, and ultimately learned I already was a writer deserving of respect and that I was the only one holding me back. These are the reflections, essays, tangents, and rants inspired by my time in Literaryland, exploring alienation and connection, success and failure, the universality of the human experience—how we all have much more in common an we can ever imagine—and how sweet life really is.
Another Lifetime is about rediscovering who you once were, reconnecting with The One Who Got Away, redefining a marriage, and rejuvenalia. In a time when women struggle to figure out whether they should Lean In, out, or somewhere in-between after having kids, many of us find ourselves wondering how we ended up where we did: At home, in charge of tiny tyrants instead of in the boardroom, charging up the ranks. But as George Eliot—a smart woman who assumed a male pen name so she’d be taken more seriously—once said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” AL covers the whole gamut, from girl with big dreams to stay-at-home mom to fully capable woman re-entering the workplace, in a smart, sassy, relatable voice. For every mom who ever lost her cool—and wanted to get it back.