I grew up in a family of storytellers and I began to “write” before I could read, making squiggles that looked to me like letters of the alphabet. My writing career began for real with a job at Cosmopolitan magazine. Today I do most of my writing in Fontainebleau, France, or in the Vermont village where I was born and which I love more than any other place on earth. I also lead writing workshops and help other writers produce their own books. (You can find out more about those activities at Korongobooks.com.)
Our House in Arusha
When a New York travel writer on her way to Kansas ends up in the Serengeti, her life gets a complete makeover. Within months, she is the wife of a French safari guide and the stepmother of an eleven-year-old boy. The year that follows is a test of courage and resilience as each member of the family struggles to make a place for himself in a tantalizing and dangerous world. Part love story, part adventure saga, Our House in Arusha explores the meaning of second chances. (Paperback $11.95; Kindle $2.99)
An Irruption of Owls
A mysterious illness is the catalyst for this story about love and sacrifice. The year is 2007, and the Texiers are living in a New Jersey suburb when the call comes: Idora Tucker, age eighty-seven and living alone, is suddenly unable to walk and none of her doctors can figure out why. Within weeks, Sara has moved back into her childhood bedroom, Thomas has enrolled at a school in Prague, and Patrick has become the only French safari guide in recent memory to take up residence in Randolph, Vermont. (Paperback $15; Kindle $2.99)
Becoming Madame Texier
A winter in France is the prescribed cure for a daughter in mourning. Reluctantly, she leaves her mother’s empty house and takes up residence in her mother-in-law’s chic apartment, vacant since Mireille Texier checked into a nursing home. Sifting through family artifacts, she uncovers the story of Hélèna Rul, an artist’s model who fell in love with an American painter in the 1920s. In exploring the lives of artists and writers who lived in Paris during the Roaring Twenties, she begins to recover her own.
About My Books
My characters are like shipwreck victims who have to figure out how to live in a world that is unpredictable and often hostile. They lose loved ones, they get hammered by war and trauma, and they wrestle with grief and anxiety. They are brave and funny and maddening, and catastrophe is their middle name.
The Snowbird Chronicles
When an American traveler on her way to Kansas ends up in the Serengeti, her life gets a complete makeover. Within months, she is the wife of a French safari guide and the stepmother of an eleven-year-old. Thus begins "Our House in Arusha," the first book in a series based on my own family story.