Tuesday, October 6, 2020

#GIVEAWAY The Wrong Kind of Woman Interview with author Sarah McCraw Crow released by Mira

 Today I'm so excited to be bringing you another fantastic offering from Mira, The Wrong Kind of Woman a debut by Sarah McCraw Crow. I was so hoping to have already read and reviewed this but like what happens with best intentions, life got in the way. So be sure to be on the lookout not too far in the future for my review. For now read my conversation with Sarah be sure and enter to win a copy of your own. Details below.

ISBN-13: 9780778310075
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 10-06-2020
Length: 320pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



In late 1970, Oliver Desmarais drops dead in his front yard while hanging Christmas lights. In the year that follows, his widow, Virginia, struggles to find her place on the campus of the elite New Hampshire men’s college where Oliver was a professor. While Virginia had always shared her husband’s prejudices against the four outspoken, never-married women on the faculty—dubbed the Gang of Four by their male counterparts—she now finds herself depending on them, even joining their work to bring the women’s movement to Clarendon College.

Soon, though, reports of violent protests across the country reach this sleepy New England town, stirring tensions between the fraternal establishment of Clarendon and those calling for change. As authorities attempt to tamp down “radical elements,” Virginia must decide whether she’s willing to put herself and her family at risk for a cause that had never felt like her own.

Told through alternating perspectives, The Wrong Kind of Woman is an engrossing story about finding the strength to forge new paths, beautifully woven against the rapid changes of the early 1970s.

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Chapter One

November 1970
Westfield, New Hampshire

Oliver died the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the air heavy with snow that hadn’t fallen yet. His last words to Virginia were “Tacks, Ginny? Do we have any tacks?”

That morning at breakfast, their daughter, Rebecca, had complained about her eggs—runny and gross, she said. Also, the whole neighborhood already had their Christmas lights up, and why didn’t they ever have outside lights? Virginia tuned her out; at thirteen, Rebecca had reached the age of comparison, noticing where her classmates’ families went on vacation, what kinds of cars they drove. But Oliver agreed about the lights, and after eating his own breakfast and Rebecca’s rejected eggs, he drove off to the hardware store to buy heavy-duty Christmas lights.

Back at home, Oliver called Virginia out onto the front porch, where he and Rebecca had looped strings of colored lights around the handrails on either side of the steps. Virginia waved at their neighbor Gerda across the street—on her own front porch, Gerda knelt next to a pile of balsam branches, arranging them into two planters—as Rebecca and Oliver described their lighting scheme. Rebecca’s cheeks had gone ruddy in the New Hampshire cold, as Oliver’s had; Rebecca had his red-gold hair too.

“Up one side and down the other,” Rebecca said. “Like they do at Molly’s house—”

“Tacks, Ginny? Do we have any tacks?” Oliver interrupted. In no time, he’d lost patience with this project, judging by the familiar set of his jaw, the frown lines corrugating his forehead.

A few minutes later, box of nails and hammer in hand, Virginia saw Oliver’s booted feet splayed out on the walk, those old work boots he’d bought on their honeymoon in Germany a lifetime ago. “Do you have to lie down like that to—” she began, while Rebecca squeezed out from between the porch and the overgrown rhododendron.

“Dad?” Rebecca’s voice pitched upward. “Daddy!”

Virginia slowly took in that Oliver was lying half on the lawn, half on the brick walk, one hand clutching the end of a light string. Had he fallen? It made no sense, him just lying there on the ground like that, and she hurtled down the porch steps. Oliver’s eyes had rolled back so only the whites showed. But he’d just asked for tacks, and she hadn’t had time to ask if nails would work instead. She crouched, put her mouth to his and tried to breathe for him. Something was happening, yes, maybe now he would turn out to be just resting, and in a minute he’d sit up and laugh with disbelief.

Next to her, Rebecca shook Oliver’s shoulder, pounded on it. “Dad! You fainted! Wake up—”

“Go call the operator,” Virginia said. “Tell them we need an ambulance, tell them it’s an emergency, a heart attack, Becca! Run!” Rebecca ran.

Virginia put her ear to Oliver’s chest, listening. A flurry of movement: Gerda was suddenly at her side, kneeling, and Eileen from next door, then Rebecca, gasping or maybe sobbing. Virginia felt herself being pulled out of the way as the ambulance backed into the driveway and the two paramedics bent close. They too breathed for Oliver, pressed on his chest while counting, then lifted him gently onto the backboard and up into the ambulance.

She didn’t notice that she was holding Rebecca’s hand on her one side and Eileen’s hand on the other, and that Gerda had slung a protective arm around Rebecca. She barely noticed when Eileen bundled her and Rebecca into the car without a coat or purse. She didn’t notice the snow that had started to fall, first snow of the season. Later, that absence of snow came back to her, when the image of Oliver lying on the bare ground, uncushioned even by snow, wouldn’t leave her.

Aneurysm. A ruptured aneurysm, a balloon that had burst, sending a wave of blood into Oliver’s brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage. She said all those new words about a thousand times, along with more familiar words: bleed and blood and brainRips and tears. One in a million. Sitting at the kitchen table, Rebecca next to her and the coiled phone cord stretched taut around both of them, Virginia called one disbelieving person after another, repeated all those words to her mother, her sister Marnie, Oliver’s brother, Oliver’s department chair, the people in her address book, the people in his.

At President Weissman’s house five days later, Virginia kept hold of Rebecca. Rebecca had stayed close, sleeping in the middle of Virginia and Oliver’s bed as if she were little and sleepwalking again, her shruggy new adolescent self forgotten. They’d turned into a sudden team of two, each one circling, like moons, around the other.

Oliver’s department chair had talked Virginia into a reception at President Weissman’s house, a campus funeral. In the house’s central hall, Virginia’s mother clutched at her arm, murmuring about the lovely Christmas decorations, those balsam garlands and that enormous twinkling tree, and how they never got the fragrant balsam trees in Norfolk, did they, only the Fraser firs—

“Let’s go look at the Christmas tree, Grandmomma.” Rebecca took her grandmother’s hand as they moved away. What a grown-up thing to do, Virginia thought, glad for the release from Momma and her chatter.

“Wine?” Virginia’s sister Marnie said, folding her hand around a glass. Virginia nodded and took a sip. Marnie stayed next to her as one person and another came close to say something complimentary about Oliver, what a wonderful teacher he’d been and a great young historian, an influential member of the Clarendon community. And his clarinet, what would they do without Oliver’s tremendous clarinet playing? The church service had been lovely, hadn’t it? He sure would have loved that jazz trio.

She heard herself answering normally, as if this one small thing had gone wrong, except now she found herself in a tunnel, everyone else echoing and far away. Out of a clutch of Clarendon boys, identical in their khakis and blue blazers, their too-long hair curling behind their ears, one stepped forward. Sam, a student in her tiny fall seminar, the Italian Baroque.

“I—I just wanted to say...” Sam faltered. “But he was a great teacher, and even more in the band—” The student-faculty jazz band, he meant.

“Thank you, Sam,” she said. “I appreciate that.” She watched him retreat to his group. Someone had arranged for Sam and a couple of other Clarendon boys to play during the reception, and she hadn’t noticed until now.

“How ’bout we sit, hon.” Marnie steered her to a couch. “I’m going to check on Becca and Momma and June—” the oldest of Virginia’s two sisters “—and then I’ll be right back.”

“Right.” Virginia half listened to the conversation around her, people in little clumps with their sherries and whiskeys. Mainframe, new era, she heard. Then well, but Nixon, and a few problems with the vets on campus. She picked up President Weissman’s voice, reminiscing about the vets on campus after the war thirty years ago. “Changed the place for the better, I think,” President Weissman said. “A seriousness of purpose.” And she could hear Louise Walsh arguing with someone about the teach-in that should have happened last spring.

Maybe Oliver would appreciate being treated like a dignitary. Maybe he’d be pleased at the turnout, all the faculty and students who’d shown up at the Congregational Church at lunchtime on a Friday. Probably he wished he could put Louise in her place about the teach-in. Virginia needed to find Rebecca, and she needed to make sure Momma hadn’t collapsed out of holiday party–funeral confusion. But now Louise Walsh loomed over her in a shapeless black suit, and she stood up again to shake Louise’s hand. “I just want to say how sorry I am,” Louise said. “I truly admired his teaching and—everything else. We’re all going to miss him.”

“Thank you, Louise.” Virginia considered returning the compliment, to say that Oliver had admired Louise too. Louise had tenure, the only woman in the history department, the only woman at Clarendon, to be tenured. Louise had been a thorn in Oliver’s side, the person Oliver had complained about the most. Louise was one of the four women on faculty at Clarendon; the Gang of Four, Oliver and the others had called them.

Outside the long windows, a handful of college boys tossed a football on a fraternity lawn across the street, one skidding in the snow as he caught the ball. Someone had spray-painted wobbly blue peace signs on the frat’s white clapboard wall, probably after Kent State. But the Clarendon boys were rarely political; they were athletic: in their baggy wool trousers, they ran, skied, hiked, went gliding off the

college’s ski jump, human rockets on long skis. They built a tremendous bonfire on the Clarendon green in the fall, enormous snow sculptures in the winter. They stumbled home drunk, singing. Their limbs seemed loosely attached to their bodies. Oliver had once been one of those boys.

“Come on, pay attention,” Marnie said, and she propelled Virginia toward President Weissman, who took Virginia’s hands.

“I cannot begin to express all my sympathy and sadness.” President Weissman’s eyes were magnified behind his glasses. “Our firmament has lost a star.” He kissed her on the cheek, pulling a handkerchief from his jacket pocket, so she could wipe her eyes and nose again.

At the reception, Aunt June kept asking Rebecca if she was doing okay, and did she need anything, and Aunt Marnie kept telling Aunt June to quit bothering Rebecca. Mom looked nothing like her sisters: Aunt Marnie was bulky with short pale hair, Aunt June was petite, her hair almost black, and Mom was in between. Rebecca used to love her aunts’ Tidewater accents, and the way Mom’s old accent would return around her sisters, her vowels stretching out and her voice going up and down the way Aunt June’s and Aunt Marnie’s voices did. Rebecca and Dad liked to tease Mom about her accent, and Mom would say I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t sound anything like June. Or Marnie. But especially not June.

Nothing Rebecca thought made any sense. She couldn’t think about something that she and Dad liked, or didn’t like, or laughed about, because there was no more Dad. Aunt Marnie had helped her finish the Christmas lights, sort of, not the design she and Dad had shared, but just wrapped around the porch bannisters. It looked a little crazy, actually. Mom hadn’t noticed.

“Here’s some cider, honey,” Aunt June said. “How about some cheese and crackers? You need to eat.”

“I’m okay,” Rebecca said. “Thanks,” she remembered to add.

“Have you ever tried surfing?” Aunt June asked. “The boys—” Rebecca’s cousins “—love to surf. They’ll teach you.”

“Okay.” Rebecca wanted to say that it was December and there was snow on the ground, so there was no reason to talk about surfing. Instead she said that she’d bodysurfed with her cousins at Virginia Beach plenty of times, but she’d never gotten on a surfboard. As far as she could tell, only boys ever went surfing, and the waves at Virginia Beach were never like the waves on Hawaii Five-0. Mostly the boys just sat on their surfboards gazing out at the hazy-white horizon, and at the coal ships and aircraft carriers chugging toward Norfolk.

“You’ll get your chance this summer—I’ll bet you’ll be a natural,” Aunt June said.

Things would keep happening. Winter would happen. There would be more snow, and skiing at the Ski Bowl. The town pond would open for skating and hockey. The snow would melt and it would be spring and summer again. They’d go to Norfolk for a couple of weeks after school let out and Mom would complain about everything down there, and get into a fight with Aunt June, and they’d all go to the beach, and Dad would get the most sunburned, his ears and the tops of his feet burned pink and peely...

“Let’s just step outside into the fresh air for a minute, sweetheart,” Aunt June said, and Rebecca stood up and followed her aunt to the room with all the coats, one hand over her mouth to hold in the latest sob, even after she and Mom had agreed they were all cried out and others would be crying today, but the two of them were all done with crying. She knew that the fresh air wouldn’t help anything.

The jazz trio, the only ones who’d said yes to this strange gig, started their second set with a Coltrane-ish “My Favorite Things,” Sam playing the clarinet, Stephen on the baby grand and Larry Quinn on drums, half a beat too slow. At least they were out of the way of the funeral guests; Mrs. Weissman had directed them to set up in the big glassed-in porch, with its view of the town pond.

The other Clarendon guys who’d come to the reception clustered nearby with their plates of food, pretending to listen to their poor imitation of Coltrane, their lame solos. Sam let himself listen too, as Stephen began a Bill Evans number, the slow “Waltz for Debbie,” on his own. The front door opened and a scrap of what sounded like “Purple Haze” flew in from across the street, the KA guys already deep into their weekend partying. President Weissman poked his head into the porch, gave them a smile and two thumbs-up, then disappeared into the blur of dark suits and black dresses. President Weissman liked for Clarendon guys to come over to the president’s house, to attend the receptions for visiting lecturers, or to stand around in the big kitchen with its two fridges, eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate. As if their presence could reassure President and Mrs. Weissman that yes, Clarendon was a wholesome school and they were wholesome guys, out snowshoeing on a Friday night, instead of getting wrecked or baked, the weekend having started on Wednesday. But even guys like Sam would get wrecked later.

Go and tell the family that you’re sorry for their loss, Sam could hear his mom saying, the kind of thing she always said, and he’d done so during their set break. Just as bad as he’d imagined: he’d stuttered, barely getting any words out, and Professor Desmarais’s eyes had welled up. She was teaching his art history class this fall. In class, once she started the slideshow part of the lecture, she grew more animated in the dark. He thought he knew that feeling. If only jazz band concerts could be in complete darkness too. When Professor Desmarais turned the lights back on, she tended to address only the one exchange girl in the class.

Sam kept playing. There was something wrong with all these people, the other Clarendon guys, the crowd of faculty in the big front parlor, the buzz of voices rising and falling as the faculty talked about whatever they usually talked about, campus gossip, probably. To the faculty, this was just another reception at President Weissman’s house.

Sam let himself remember jazz band rehearsals, sharing sheet music with Oliver whenever Sam played clarinet rather than guitar. He’d made Oliver laugh about Schuyler DePeyster’s trumpet playing. Oliver had thought Sam was funny, even talented. Oliver had been a friend. The weirdness of being here now was too much. He had to get out of here, he needed a joint, a drink, something.

“Some gig, huh,” Stephen said. They were in between songs, and nobody was paying any attention. The other Clarendon guys had left, back to their frats and Friday afternoon beers. “Let’s take a break,” Sam said. “Maybe pack it in.” They could help Larry take down his drum kit and slip out through the porch door. No one would notice, or care.

Virginia woke in the dark to a sour, fuzzy mouth. She reached across the bed, but the sheets were blank and cool: no Rebecca. This day hadn’t ended yet. After Virginia’s family and friends had come to the house for ham sandwiches and bourbon, her mother had put her to bed, a cool hand to her forehead as if she were a feverish child, and she’d slept.

As ripples of talk drifted upstairs, Virginia lay there listening. June’s voice rose above the others, strident and bossy, and the house smelled like Norfolk, salty, fatty ham and tomatoey Brunswick stew. She made herself get up. Oliver’s soft windbreaker lay draped over the armchair, where he’d thrown it a few days ago, and she slipped it on.

Downstairs, she heard the TV—in the den, Rebecca sat with Molly from next door watching The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. The show’s cheerful background music soothed her, and she sank down next to Rebecca, willing her brain to say the things a mother said to her child on a night like tonight, but nothing came. She took in that Rebecca’s and Molly’s eyes were full, tearing up at Bill Bixby and his darling little boy. Rebecca rested her head on Virginia’s shoulder and Virginia put an arm around her. But after only a few minutes Rebecca scooted away. “Can you go brush your teeth, Mom? Your breath is really bad.”

“Okay.” Virginia pushed up to standing and headed to the kitchen. At the kitchen table, her mother and sisters turned to look at her, all of them smiling too much, and June stood to pull her into a hug. Momma was still in her funeral suit, an ancient black thing with a peplum, a party apron protecting it, and she leaned over a memo pad, pen in hand: when in doubt, make a list.

“Ah, my little baby Ginny,” Momma said.

June and Marnie bustled around Virginia’s small kitchen, pulling things out of the fridge and the oven. June was small and nimble, and an early white streak ran through her dark hair. Like June, Virginia had Daddy’s dark eyes, but her own hair was mousy, not black-Irish dark like June’s. Marnie, bigger and blonder than June, set a plate in front of Virginia—ham, broccoli casserole, rolls, butter—and a cup of coffee. Virginia took a bite of the casserole, pushed the plate away.

“You’ve got tons of food here,” June said. “I’ve got some Brunswick stew going for the freezer. Between that and the ham and all these casseroles, you’ll have dinners for weeks.”

Virginia nodded.

June and Marnie started in on Norfolk gossip, filling her in while entertaining themselves. Oh, and had she heard about Jimmy Burwell? “You know he’s a lawyer, UVA law, that’s right. Well, get this, he left his wife for another lawyer, yes, a woman lawyer! Doesn’t that beat all!”

Her sisters’ gossip washed over her and made her feel sick to her stomach.

“We’ll go to the store in the morning and pick up some more supplies, whatever you need,” June said. “But why don’t you come on home for a while?”

“Jesus, June,” Marnie said. “Give her a minute, would you?”

“It just seems like you don’t fit in here, Ginny,” June said. “Your friends seem—” She paused. “I mean, who are your friends?” “Oh, she fits in fine,” Marnie said. “You’re afraid of the North, June, that’s what.”

“I am not,” June said. “It’s just too cold here. And now it’s snowing. There are camellias blooming along the side of my house. Camellias! Blooming. No snow.”

“I like the snow.” Virginia’s voice came out thin and squeaky. She wanted to say something about the snow softening up winter, which made her think of the hard ground, which made her think of Oliver, who’d loved the New Hampshire cold and the snow far more than she did. Tears gathered and stung.

“I will say that it’s kind of hard to get here,” Marnie said. “That tiny airplane, my God.”

“You used to love to watch the cardinals and the orioles,” June said. “Remember how we watched them together in the backyard when we were little?”

She nodded. They had birds in New Hampshire too, maybe even better birds. Purple finches, bluebirds, yellow-black-and-white bobolinks swooping over the hayfields north of town.

But she was too tired to say anything. Maybe her mother and sisters could carry her home to Norfolk, and she’d stay wrapped up in gossip and mild weather. Rebecca could go to the academy, where her sisters’ kids went; the academy had started admitting girls ten years ago, and her sisters said it was a wonderful school, rigorous and traditional. And Rebecca could go to the beach in the summer and dance to swing-band music at night, as Virginia used to do. Lose a husband, change a life, was that it? Oliver had been fascinated, in a kind of anthropological way, by Virginia’s family, and how they did things down there, and how Norfolk couldn’t decide if it was a small town or a city. She tried for a second to imagine finding someone down there, maybe one of those lawyers that her sisters had just gossiped about, although Jimmy Burwell—there was nothing to recommend him. One of her brother Rolly’s old friends? God, no. She started to cry again; she was thinking about the wrong things.

“Oh, honey.” Marnie scooted her chair close, pulling Virginia’s head onto her lap.

Virginia let her head rest on Marnie’s wide leg, trying to sort her jumble of thoughts into some kind of order. Oliver. Rebecca. Her mother. Her sisters. Her brother. Oliver. Where did she belong? She swallowed a sob, took a breath, wiped her eyes with the handkerchief that President Weissman had handed to her. Weeks ago, it seemed, but the reception had only been this afternoon.

“I—” She was about to say yes, all right, maybe she and Rebecca would come home to Norfolk—but something stopped her.

“It’s okay,” Marnie said. “It’ll be okay.”

Virginia heard the plaintive strains of a Simon & Garfunkel song coming from the den; Rebecca and Molly were listening to music on Oliver’s hi-fi. Now Simon or maybe Garfunkel sang about how he was gone, how he didn’t know where. Virginia wanted to hear more of those shimmery harmonies, but the song had finished.


My Interview with Sarah:

Sarah Hi! Welcome to The Reading Frenzy.
Your new book looks fantastic.
Tell my readers a little about it please.
Thank you so much! THE WRONG KIND OF WOMAN follows three characters: Virginia, Rebecca, and Sam. At the heart of the novel is my character Virginia, who’s trying to get over the death of her husband, Oliver. Oliver was a history professor at Clarendon College, which is a fictional all-male, liberal arts school, loosely based on Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire.

The novel is set in 1970 and 1971, so this story takes place against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, student strikes and protests, radical groups like the Weather Underground, and the second wave of the women’s movement. And a lot of political division nationwide, kind of like today, actually. 

So as she’s trying to get over her husband’s too-early death, my main character, Virginia, starts to become friends with the four women on the Clarendon College faculty, who were women that her husband Oliver really did not like, and one of these women was definitely Oliver’s nemesis. But with these new friends, Virginia finds new purpose in helping to bring the women’s movement to their small town and to this very traditional college, but at that point all hell kind of breaks loose. 

How timely that this book debuts on the 100th anniversary year of the 19th Amendment and is set 50 years after.
What brought you to tell this story?
Yes, it is, although that’s a lucky coincidence! When I first started writing this novel, I thought I was writing about grief, how a group of characters might all be grieving the same person, and how they’d get through it in different ways.

That said, I’ve always be interested in the women of my mom’s generation and a little older, women who’d be in their 80s and 90s now, and how they navigated the limited set of choices that were open to them. If you wanted to be something other than a teacher, nurse or secretary, there was a lot of pushback, both from within families, and from society at large. I think a lot of us have heard that anecdote about Ruth Bader Ginsburg being asked why she thought she deserved to take a place from a man at Harvard Law School—that’s what the world was like for young women back then. 

I actually came of age in the 1970s and I remember the NOW movement but I never realized that there were violent protests. Perhaps the volatility of the 60s overshadowed this or maybe I was just too busy being a college coed studying.
How closely to the current events of the time is your novel based?
I tried to stay fairly close to real events, except for an incident that happens on campus late in the novel—I don’t know of any real incidents like that. Still, Weatherman/Weather Underground was a radical group that split off from SDS and carried out bombings in cities, including at the US Capitol, to protest the war, and more specifically the invasion of Cambodia. I think it’s something a lot of us never learned about, or have forgotten about.

Let’s chat about Virginia your main protagonist for a moment.
Did she stay to the script you always imagined for her or did she do a bit of misbehaving?
Good question, but one that’s hard to answer, because I didn’t have a script imagined for Virginia at the beginning, I just knew that she was lost, and grieving, and realizing that she doesn’t have any close friends.

The book describes Rebecca, Virginia’s 13 year-old daughter as being adrift without her father and not happy with the woman her mother is becoming. Wow she sounds like a handful.
Did you have trouble putting your adult self in the mindset of an obviously troubled teen?
I’d say that Rebecca is an ordinary almost-fourteen-year-old, with ordinary adolescent troubles and mood swings. Her dad’s death throws her for a loop, and leads her to do some things she wouldn’t have done if he’d lived, but I think her responses are, if not healthy, then at least normal. And I had no trouble remembering what it was like to be thirteen—the worst age, as I recall!—and to take on her mindset. Middle school is an age that no one wants to go back to!

Do you think women’s lives are a little better, a lot better or not better at all than when your book is set?
I think women’s lives are much better than they were fifty years ago—there are many more women in all realms of working life than there were fifty years ago. Young women today probably don’t know as much as they should about the women’s movement, although maybe Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has illuminated some of how the laws used to be, fifty years ago, how the two genders were not treated equally under the law.

Now I’d like to get a little personal. I see you have an extensive background in writing, magazine, essays, short fiction and even book reviewing. 
What led you down the path to writing a full-length novel?
Well, the short answer is I’ve always loved to read novels, and always wondered if I could write a novel. The longer answer is that I’ve been writing fiction more seriously for about thirteen years now, and like a lot of other writers, I have a couple of other novels shut away in the drawer. So this novel is the first one that sold, but not the first one I wrote.

I personally love and am constantly impressed by Harlequin and all their imprints. And if you visit my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I often refer to them as the Publisher that makes the world go round.
What made you say yes when Mira offered to publish your novel?
That’s so interesting! They do have a ton of great books and authors! But to be honest, I didn’t know that much about MIRA when I first heard about the offer. But I loved what my editor said about my characters and the novel when first we spoke on the phone. I also learned how the Harlequin imprints work together, and how happy other authors were with them.

Sara thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
I know that in this new normal book tours aren’t happening but will there be any virtual events to celebrate the release?
Yes, I have several virtual launch events. The first will be hosted by Gibson’s Bookstore, on my pub day, October 6. Here’s a link, if any readers are interested:

Thank you so much for asking the questions, and for all your work with books!

About Sarah:
Sarah McCraw Crow grew up in Virginia but has lived most of her adult life in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has run in Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Good Housekeeping, So to Speak, Waccamaw, and Stanford Alumni Magazine. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Stanford University, and is finishing an MFA degree at Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she's not reading or writing, she's probably gardening or snowshoeing (depending on the weather).

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  1. This sounds like a fascinating story! You always find such great reads! Hugs, RO

  2. Wonderful interview as always Debbie!

  3. Thanks for this captivating and wonderful feature and giveaway.

  4. Love the interview. The story definitely sounds it would be enjoyable. Looking forward to reading your views.

  5. Mmm I saw this book somewhere and it looked interesting. I love stories of women finding themselves and this seems like one of those.

    1. I totally agree Kathryn and I can't wait to start my copy sometimes I wish I could clone myself :)