Were you one of the millions of fans obsessed with Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and its web of suburban secrets? Did the humor and brilliant use of emails in Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette leave you laughing out loud?
If so, THE WANNABEES wants to be on your bookshelf.
There’s nothing simple about work and family life today — it’s no wonder people dream of a different way. My debut novel follows three imperfect heroines and their efforts to test a piece of bumper sticker wisdom: It is never to late to be what you might have been. But how will their Evergreen Woods community react when secrets bubble to the surface?
The WANNABEES is an often humorous novel about deeply serious issues, including the paradox of a society that shames drug addicts and their families but celebrates “Mommy Needs A Drink” type memes. In the tradition of Maria Semple, the novel includes sly commentary on helicopter parenting, modern workplaces, and misplaced life/school priorities, often relying on hilarious neighborhood and PTA listservs to do so.
At the same time, there is a Liane Moriarty-like empathy and understanding for each of the women at the center of the novel and the moral contradictions they encounter as they maneuver life. In the end, readers may conclude that rather than mourning who they might have been — and how they’re viewed—the women of Evergreen Woods are better off asking who and what they care about most.
The novel is looking for a new home, as my agent has relocated. If you’re interested, do contact me at Kristin@KristinOKeefe.com. Also at work on a second one. Stay tuned!