What does the Fox say? That from heartwarming kid-lit to other-worldly adventure to literature of the human condition, there'll be something for all reading tastes at our May book-buzz. Meet authors, win prizes! The fabulous Wendy Fox returns with Pull of It; Gretchen McLellan shares heartwarming Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3; and David Gere offers Eternal.
In Wendy J. Fox’s new novel, The Pull of It, what starts as a two-week vacation in Turkey turns into much more—Laura “misses” her flight home to her husband and child, sells most of her belongings, and finds employment and friendship with a rural inn-keeper. Laura’s childhood in rural Washington state, her failed career and marriage in Seattle, and her new life in Turkey all collide in this insightful novel, creating a world where time is fluid, happiness is fleeting, and love is unsure. Laura exemplifies the restlessness that, for many, is a fundamental part of the human condition. She provides a space for readers to explore the consequences of escape, and to find the people that might pull us back home.
Wendy J. Fox was raised in rural Washington state, and lived in Turkey in the early 2000s. She holds an MFA from The Inland Northwest Center for Writers and is a frequent contributor to literary magazines and blogs. Her debut collection The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories won a Press 53 competition for short fiction.
The end of the school year can be bittersweet. Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 shows young readers that everyone has a special way of saying good-bye. At Mayflower Elementary the students aren’t the only ones leaving Room 3—Mrs. McBee will not be returning to school after summer break. Jamaika, William, and the other students find a special way to celebrate their beloved teacher. With a distinct cast of lively and diverse characters, this amusing and touching story highlights the complex and sometimes conflicting emotions surrounding transitions for children, and the importance of recognizing, observing, and celebrating them.