Ruth Long, Age 88
I am back in writing mode, dear reader, and am pleased to announce my upcoming novel, Ruth Long, Age 88. The book is anticipated to be released in Fall, 2020! This will be the first novel in a new series, yet to be named. Just like my first work, The House on Maple Street, it will be released in Amazon Kindle and paperback formats.
Ruth Long, Age 88, and the series to follow it, was inspired by a short story, by the same name, I wrote as I was getting ready to write my first novel. The story was based on a writing prompt to write a funeral scene from the point of view of the deceased. It has been featured here on my blog and on my Goodreads page. Most recently, it was featured on The Blogging Station.
Ruth, as I imagine her, is the unapologetically sarcastic matriarch of a mid-west family. The story is a first person narrative as she reflects on her life, her relationships, and the way her family chooses to memorialize her on the day of her funeral. At times, picking apart their choices with a deliciously sharp wit.
When someone we love dies, we’re forced to boil down their life to a few hundred words in an obituary. We hope we’re memorializing a loved one in a way that would make them feel honored. In this story, we get to hear how she really feels and Ruth holds nothing back. It is a story that will hopefully make the reader think about life and death. But it will especially make you laugh.
I look forward to sharing more about this story in the coming weeks and months!