Montpelier Tomorrow – a novel
Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daughter's husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can't fix what's wrong.
"Characters are vivid, relatable, and all too imperfectly human." --Jewell Parker Rhodes
"Each time I have reread this novel, I have felt rewarded by the connection it offers to the central character, Colleen. I can think of no single page in which her voice is not an irreplaceable gift to the reader." --Kevin McIlvoy
"An engrossing account of the impossible choices faced by caregivers..." --Kathryn Shonk
About Marylee MacDonald (Phoenix, Arizona Author)
Marylee MacDonald writes novels and short stories. She has been the Writer-In-Residence for Mesa Public Library and has taught workshops for the Northwestern Summer Writing Workshop and Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. A former carpenter with a Master's in Creative Writing, she has published widely in literary magazines, such as StoryQuarterly, Chattahoochee Review, New Delta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and others. Her fiction has won a Gold Medal for Drama, Silver Medal for Short Stories, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Matt Clark Prize, the ALR Fiction Prize, and many others. Her short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD, is about people who find themselves misplaced or displaced. Stranded in foreign cities, they misread the signals and get themselves in trouble. Her novel, MONTPELIER TOMORROW, is about a caregiver who's trying to help her family, but finds that she's just making things worse.