She was there, in part, because she’d not sung in public for the past ten years. Even at her own father’s funeral.-- Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed, coming in April from She Writes Press.
That little tidbit is part of the set up for this heartening novel about a stuck-in-a-rut woman whose life is shaken up by an impulsive gesture. It's a good story.
I have three copies of Warming Up to give away to book bloggers. Even better, the winners will get to host their own giveaways for additional copies! Go to THIS PAGE for details and to sign up. You have until this Thursday to sign up. Winners will be announced this Friday on my Book Beginnings on Friday post.
Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison reluctantly seeks therapy. Although she once won leading roles, Cecilia now can't bring herself to audition for parts. In the end it’s not therapy, but a runaway teenager who changes her life when he cons her out of sixty bucks.
Whether at the apex of one’s success or just starting out, Warming Up speaks to anyone who’s ever wondered, “What’s it all about?” or who finds themselves doing something they never thought they’d do.
Warming Up was a short list finalist for the 2011 William Wisdom-William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. Ten percent of the author’s proceeds are donated to The Night Ministry, which provides temporary housing, transitional living, and parenting services to Chicago’s homeless youth.
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