A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion

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“Most people have everything they need to be happy.” The words latched onto some part of Skyla’s brain. She repeated the phrase to herself while she rang up books and stocked shelves. It had a certain resonance to it, but she doubted it was true.

Free-spirit Skyla Plinka has found the love and stability she always wanted in her reliable husband Thomas. Settling into her new family and roles as wife and mother, life in rural Wisconsin is satisfying, but can’t seem to quell Skyla’s growing sense of restlessness. Her only reprieve is her growing friendship with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and a life in constant disarray – but also a life filled with laughter and love.

Much to the dismay of her intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her voice, independence and confidence. Throughout one pivotal year in the life of Skyla, Audrey and Roxanne, all three very different women will learn what it means to love unconditionally. With the storytelling ingenuity of Anne Tyler, the writing talent of Jodi Picoult, and the subtlty of Alice Munro, McQuestion offers a satisfying debut that proves she is a gifted portraitist, a natural storyteller and an author to watch.

About Karen McQuestion

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Karen McQuestion's essays have appeared in Newsweek , Chicago Tribune , Denver Post , Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. She is the author of four novels, one children's book, and one collection of humorous essays. She originally self-published A Scattered Life as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle. Within a few weeks, the novel caught the attention of a Los Angeles-based production company and became the first self-published Kindle book to be optioned for film. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.
Published June 28, 2010 by Lake Union Publishing. 267 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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