Thank you for your kind support of my writing. As I have said often in the past, readers make the hard work of writing novels worth every second: the cramped neck, the aching hands, the numb feet, that dazed look in the eyes. My last novel was THE ONE-WAY BRIDGE (2013) but now my first middle grade novel has just been released! Who would have thought I'd write a book for young readers? I thank my amazing friend, the writer Kathleen Wallace King, for the challenge. It's called THE SUMMER EXPERIMENT. Are aliens visiting Allagash, Maine once again? If Robbie McKinnon and her best friend can only contact them, they're sure to win Science Fair and beat that nerdy Henry Helmsby. Summer vacation just got a lot more interesting! I hope adults will enjoy it, too. Thanks for reading.
From the Publisher: A YEAR AFTER HENRY
In her exquisite new novel, acclaimed author Cathie Pelletier presents a witty and refreshingly candid portrait of grief, intergenerational conflict, and the impact one person can have on those he loved.
Bixley, Maine. One year after Henry Munroe's fatal heart attack at age forty-one, his doting parents, prudish wife, rebellious son, and wayward brother are still reeling. So is Evie Cooper, a bartender, self-proclaimed "spiritual portraitist," and Henry's former mistress. While his widow, Jeanie, struggles with the betrayal, Henry's mother is making plans to hold a memorial service. As the date of the tribute draws closer and these worlds threaten to collide, the Munroes grapple with the frailty of their own lives and the knowledge that love is all that matters.
With her trademark wry wit and wisdom, Cathie Pelletier has crafted an elegant and surprisingly uplifting portrait of the many strange and inspiring forms that grief can take in its journey toward healing.
Photo by Novelist Ernest Hebert,
(in his Dartmouth office, 2005)