In Camille Pagan’s new novel, WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES (LakeUnionPublishing), fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children, until she doesn’t. Her husband Adam, decides he’s not in love with Maggie anymore and walks out. Maggie proceeds to implode, and realize she’s basically become invisible taking care of others for the past thirty years.

Then she learns she and Adam had an upcoming anniversary trip planned to Italy, and she’s not going to cancel just because her soon to be ex-loser husband doesn’t want to go, because he has some young hottie.

When she returns, she relocates with the help of a woman she met on the trip and proceeds to peel away all the negative thoughts and fears she’s accumulated over the last three decades – falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls.

She slowly begins to rebuild her life, a new career, even a romance. But when a new crisis hits, she must decide how much of the new woman she’s become she’s willing to keep.

I loved WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES. I appreciated Camille writing about a woman in her fifties showing that life doesn’t stop after one’s thirties, including traumatic events. Women today are aging gracefully and living full lives with careers and romances until they can’t. And no one is going to stop us.

I fell in love with Maggie. She had just the right amount of neurosis and joie de vivre to come out on top. I believe readers will connect with Maggie, too.


Camille’s words:


I’ve been telling stories as long as I’ve been able to hold a pen, but I didn’t write a novel until about ten years ago. I had just given birth to my first child and a dear friend was battling terminal cancer; I guess you could say life’s big questions were on my mind. I began writing at night after my daughter went to bed, and after many tough but exhilarating months, completed the draft that would become my debut, The Art of Forgetting. The experience changed me—even before I typed “The End,” I knew I wanted to do it again (and again and again).

Still, it took me several years to write another novel that made it to print. A cross-country move, the birth of my second child, and a heavy dose of second book self doubt had me ready to throw in the towel. Then I sat down and began working on a story just for myself, which put the joy back in my writing. Less than a year after handing that book, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, to my agent, it became the #1 all-category Kindle bestseller and remained there for more than three of the first four weeks after its publication. Life was recently optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Not long after Life was published, I was plodding along on a new draft when I suddenly had the idea for my third novel, Forever is the Worst Long Time. I knew it was supposed to be my next book—and luckily my publisher, Lake Union, agreed. Forever was published at the beginning of 2017, and was an RT Reviews top pick and named a best book of the month by Amazon, InStyle, and RealSimple. This year, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties and its protagonist, Maggie Halfmoon, who was a delight to write. I just finished my fifth novel (and hope to be able to share more news about it with you soon!).

When I’m not at my computer, you’ll find me with my nose in a book, running after my two kids and our nutty dog, or planning my next trip (most likely to Puerto Rico, where my husband was born and raised). After nearly a decade in Brooklyn and a stint in Chicago, my family and I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Drop me a line or connect with me on Facebook; I’d love to hear from you.


Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy of WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES to giveaway. Tell us what trauma happened in your life that made you stronger. We’ll pick a winner soon. Good luck.

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36 thoughts on “WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES by Camille Pagan & GIVEAWAY

  1. Where to begin? But I will say the absolute betrayal of being cheated on by my husband and being the last to know. Not to mention happily telling my husband I was pregnant and not having a clue he was worried about telling his girlfriend.

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  2. My oldest son was killed in a car accident at age 28. This May will be 10 years. I had to learn to be strong even though I didn’t want to.

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    1. I was in a coma 10 years ago, and sometimes wonder why I’m here. You sometimes have to do what you don’t want to do… It’s hard…

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  3. My husband had a brain aneurysm and passed away in 1992 when we were both 45 years old. Daughter was graduating high school and off to college soon. I had to keep working and struggled through every day for a long time.

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  4. one biggest challenge has been losing each of my parents. each after an illness that wasn’t diagnosed, then a terminal diagnosis and them passing a few days later (thankfully in a hospice unit). i suffer from Crohn’s disease and almost died from improper doctor’s care. i had many complications and was hospitalized for several months. a long involved surgery and a long recovery, but i am still here.

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  5. When my father died I was in a terrible marriage and it was so hard going through my divorce without him. But I found strength through my memoriesof him

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  6. When I was in college, the guy I was dating almost died and then he ended up in a month-long coma after we broke up. I know it’s trite compared to what everyone else has said, but the first time it happened I was traumatized enough to seek counseling.

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  7. Going back to work the day after I had been held at gunpoint at work. I knew if I didn’t go right back, each day would be harder. Honestly the experience made me stronger for situations later in life- like my husbands midlife crisis. Facing death definitely puts living in perspective

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  8. I experienced physical and verbal abuse from my first husband for 7 years. During that time he broke 3 of my teeth, numerous black eyes and called me so many names. The most traumatic event during that time was when he sat on top of me and cut every one of my fingernails and toenails to the quick. He did this because I clawed his neck because he was choking me and I couldn’t breathe. Thankfully I finally left him when my son was 5. I am thankful to now say that I raised a smart, talented, and kind man who is now 28 years old.


  9. Getting a divorce made me find my inner strength. What I thought was the worst thing ever, ended up being the best thing for me. Even if it two years to get there.


  10. My family couldn’t afford to send me to college, and my dad (an alcoholic and drug addict) quit his job my senior year of high school. I wasn’t sure how I’d get there, but God readied the path for me. I went to a small Christian college and found my husband there, got a great education that enabled me to have a good career. Looking back, I can see how many things had to work together for it to happen like that. Such a blessing.
    Now that I’m a middle school teacher, I use my experience to encourage kids — you CAN have big dreams, even if you’re not sure how they’ll come true.


  11. Even though it was a trauma it was the best thing that happened to me. Learning to be my own person and a single mom after getting free of a bad relationship.


  12. When my 31 year old son passed away unexpectedly. We had just spent 2 awesome weeks visiting him and about a month later I get a call from him telling me that he was scared and calling an ambulance. I knew it was bad as soon as he said that. He was the kid that would ride his bike to and from dialysis 3 days a week if he had other issues he would ride his bike or walk to tge ER so for him to call an ambulance was bad. I was texting with him right up unti we got the phone call that he had passed away. I now try to enjoy every minute of my life, tell people I love them. I try not to tske life for granted you just never know when it will be taken from you. Thank you for the chance.


  13. My Mom had a stroke. Following her hospital stay, she lived with us for two years. Being a grown woman who is a daughter, wife and mother…with everyone under the same roof 24/7….well that was, as they say, ALL THE FEELS. At times, it was poignant and at others, challenging.
    This book sounds like it captures all the reality of the challenges we women face at some point.
    Thanks for the chance, Cindy.


  14. My mother being diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer last year and my sister being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer this year. It has caused our family to draw closer to God and closer to each other.


  15. I was attacked and choked within inches of losing my life by a man who I later found out had murdered 2 other women (I know… sounds like a book, but sadly a true story). Made me a less trusting person but also much stronger in general. 🙌🏻💕


  16. Being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, and the resulting surgeries, chemo, and radiation. I’m eleven years cancer free now!


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