Saturday, June 13th, 2009 | Posted in: Our Books
A recently divorced woman trudges out of one small, Maine town and into an even smaller one, hoping to escape her pain. Instead she finds herself surrounded by people who are trudging on, just like her. Waiting for things to get better. Waiting for spring.
RJ Keller takes readers beyond the lighthouses and rocky beaches tourists visit and drops them instead into a rural Maine town that is filled with displaced factory workers who struggle with poverty and loss, yet push onward with stubbornness and humor.
“A strong debut. Her voice is strong, her talent is evident. [...] This is the spring of Keller’s work, the beginning and now we can anticipate the full bloom of summer in her next work.”
~ Barb Radmore, Front Street Reviews
“The reasons behind Tess’ unhappiness, her divorce, and her dysfunctional childhood as well as much else about the demons that drive her are revealed at a deliberate pace, and with considerable skill. They are shown, or rather unfolded for the reader to discover, by Tess herself, a gritty, witty and seemingly tough survivor.”
~ Celia Hayes, POD Reviews & More
R.J. Keller (or Kel, as she is known to friend and foe alike) is a writer from Central Maine, where she lives happily with her husband, two kids, and the family cat. In addition to writing angsty novels, Kel enjoys gardening, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and watching other people cook. She is also an avid movie buff, able to recite every line from “The Princess Bride,” “Gettysburg,” and “Bull Durham” with her eyes closed.
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