Book ‘Billie Starr’s Book of Sorries’ by Deborah E. Kennedy

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Shimmering with rage and sparkling with subtle humor, Billie Starr’s Book of Sorries showcases Edgar Award-nominee Deborah E. Kennedy’s singular voice as Jenny, a heroine in the vein of Olive Kitteridge in Crosby, Maine and Miles Roby in Empire Falls, shines a light on the town of Benson, Indiana, where lakes, grudges, and family rifts run deep – but so does a mother’s love. Sometimes, a woman has to rescue herself. Jenny Newberg, Queen of Bad Decisions, is about to make another one. In a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, down-on-her-luck single mother Jenny is on a first-name basis with the debt collector at the bank, who is moving toward foreclosure. She is constantly apologizing to her precocious young daughter, Billie Starr, who is filling a book with her mother’s sorries, and it seems to Jenny that no apology will ever be enough…

Publisher: Flatiron Books (October 4, 2022); Pages: 320 pages; ISBN-10: 1250138434; ISBN-13: 978-1250138439; ASIN:‎ B09NK2B5S1

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Author’s biography: Deborah E. Kennedy grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the youngest of three children. She has worked as a reporter, editor, baseball coach, ice cream scooper, cookie packer, and English teacher. Her short stories have appeared in Third Coast magazine, Sou’wester, and North American Review, and she’s contributed pieces to Salon, The Establishment, The Hairpin, The Oregonian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Willamette Week, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Forest Grove, Oregon with her mother and young son.

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