The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg

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The Humorous Story of a One-Woman Train Wreck--Winner of Black Lawrence Press's Big Moose Prize

Meet Zelda McFigg. She is 4-feet 11-inches tall, 237 pounds, and convinced that she could be somebody, if only someone would recognize her inner beauty and star quality. Cousin to Ignatius J. Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces) and Homer Simpson, Zelda runs away from home at age 14, and at age 49 ¼ writes this furiously funny memoir to "set the record straight" about her lifetime of indiscretions.

Behind Zelda's rollicking tale of destruction lies a story of exile. Exile from oneself. Readers will see much more about Zelda than she knows about herself. Says author Susan Trott (The Holy Man series and many other books), "Ingenious comic author Betsy Robinson, in finely wrought prose, tells the life story of Zelda McFigg. Zelda is a heavyweight, seemingly guided or misguided by a ruinous wrath and the feeling that dishonesty is the best policy. Robinson designs a remarkable pilgrimage for Zelda and uncovers under her many, many layers, a sorrowful affectionate heart."

The Something Wordy Blog calls the book "Mark Twain-esque [with an] undercurrent flowing through it: direct, call-a-spade-a-spade honesty, that had me laughing, while I actually wanted to cry."

"Zelda is an iconic voice of our media-struck age, ferociously trying to rectify the gross injustice of her non-celebrity. A character angry, proud, and desperate to be seen."
--John Sayles, writer and filmmaker
"A thoroughly delightful new novel--in parts funny, tragic, angry, heartbreaking, caustic, absurd and totally all-too true. A comic geshrei from the heart, and pleasure from first page to last!"--Steve Kaplan, script consultant, author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy

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About the Author:

Betsy Robinson is a fiction writer, journalist, playwright, and freelance book editor for indie publishers and individual writers. For almost seven years she was managing editor of Spirituality & Health magazine until the economy imploded and she was downsized out of the job. What followed was a year and a half working on her third novel, THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF ZELDA MCFIGG. Her first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove, was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Series Award for the Novel. Her play scripts have been produced at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Theatre in the Works (Amherst, MA), in Los Angeles, Off-off Broadway, on cable TV, and in Iowa where she won first prize in the Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest. In 1987, with her mother/writing partner Edna Robinson, she was awarded a Writers Guild East Foundation Fellowship to write unproduced movies. A Bennington College and National Theater Institute graduate, Betsy is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she's had many workshop productions and first performed her one-woman one-act Darleen Dances.

Review:

"...the wit of Zelda's narrative voice as created by novelist/playwright Betsy Robinson will allow her to connect and be recognized in the world of readers' imaginations. A seriocomic fictional memoir about a runaway from upstate New York who risked her life simply by choosing to live it."
--Shelf Awareness

"Betsy Robinson's writing constantly has a 'Mark Twain-esque' under current flowing through it: direct, call-a-spade-a-spade honesty, that had me laughing, while I actually wanted to cry. She has a chutzpah to her that I have not found in any female author anywhere, anytime, ever. She has a new devoted admirer in me, for sure."
--Something Wordy Blog

"A rather inspiring story from a character delivering her memoir with gusto, bringing you to tears one minute ... bouts of laughter the next minute. Zelda strikes a cord long after the book is placed on the shelf."
--The Discerning Reader

"What an unexpected gem of a book."
--Bug Bug Book Review

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