Who is safer, a 23-year-old woman who plays the glass harmonica on the streets of New Orleans and lives in a commune-style house with other free spirits, con artists and petty thieves like herself, or a rising television weathercaster who resides in a luxury high rise in Chicago with her emotionally volatile husband? When Nevaeh Thera gives up her street life to live with her cousin, star meteorologist Dawn Ann McKnight and her photographer husband, Derek Baldwin, a life-threatening truth is exposed and both women learn that you can t start over, but you can start again.
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Mary Hutchings Reed is the recipient of the Champion for Justice award from the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), and is particularly pleased that Saluting the Sun is the inaugural publication under Ampersand s Good Reading imprint. All books sold under this imprint benefit a charity selected by the author. Mary has pledged 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this book to LAF, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to the poor and underserved of metropolitan Chicago. Over her career Mary has been active with many legal and social service not-for-profit organizations, including Lawyers for the Creative Arts, providing free legal services to emerging artists and arts organizations. Although she practiced intellectual property law in Chicago for almost 39 years, Mary has always wanted to be a writer, and remembers fondly a toy printing press with handset type on which she wrote her first poem. After leaving the full-time practice of law at Winston & Strawn, Chicago, and becoming Of Counsel, Mary devoted much of her time to writing fiction. Saluting the Sun is her sixth novel and the third to find its way to print. Her first, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, (Ampersand, Inc.) was published in 2007. Warming Up, her seventh novel (of now thirteen in progress) was the second in print (She Writes Press, 2013). It was a top finalist in three national contests and was in the Illinois Library Association s Soon to be Famous Author Project. Her musical, Fairways, has been produced three times in the Chicago area. Mary s short fiction has appeared in ARS Medica, The Liguorian, The Tampa Review and The Florida Review (forthcoming). She writes Amicus Scriptor, a bi-monthly column on fiction writing, for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Mary was named Best Advertising Lawyer in Chicago in 2012 and 2014. She is a graduate of Brown University (1973) with a combined bachelor s degree in public policy making and a master s degree in economics. She earned her law degree in 1976 at Yale Law School. Mary lives in Chicago and Walworth, Wisconsin, with her husband, William R. Reed.Review:
Witnessing Nevaeh s growth from a flaky, tree house-dwelling, rat-keeping hotel maid to a mature young woman despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles makes reading this novel worthwhile. While Dawn Ann s life appears enviable, her self-delusional, enabling behavior reveals the depths of insecurity that can lurk beneath a perfect facade. The alternating points of view from Nevaeh to Dawn Ann allow readers to view each young woman from the perspective of the other, giving greater insight into their characters.... Well-written, moving new adult/women s fiction with a meaningful moral. --Kirkus Reviews
Reed really knows how to tell a story.... --David Bloom
Reed s books always feature intricate plots and totally human characters. Saluting the Sun, like Warming Up and Courting Kathleen Hannigan before it, touches the heart and the mind, a perfect combination of heart-warming emotion and food for thought. --Donna Steele, Founder and Artistic Director, Steel Beam Theatre
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Book Description Ampersand, Inc., 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 264 pages. 8.90x5.90x0.70 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0990560341
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