I fell in love with Camille Pagan’s writing after reading LIFE and OTHER NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES (LakeUnionPublishing). I felt an intimate connection to her characters and storytelling. So imagine my excitement when I discovered she had another novel coming out today. Consider me, happy!
Honesty is the best policy … except maybe when it comes to marriage in I’M FIND and NEITHER ARE YOU (LakeUnionPublishing).
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. She accidentally overdoses on pain killers. Or did she? Pagan taps into the national epidemic of opioid abuse facing families in our country from every economic strata.
Reeling from the death of her bestfriend, Penelope fully recognizes the cracks in her marriage and is determined to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty. What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets.
I’M FINE and NEITHER ARE YOU is a wake-up call for all of us. It’s time to stop dealing with life superficially. Take a moment and see what’s really going on in your life, what is going on in your friends’ lives. We can’t all be so busy that we don’t see, or at least look out for the signs something might be wrong.
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.
My third novel, Forever is the Worst Long Time, was an RT Reviews Top Pick and an Amazon, InStyle, and Real Simple best book of the month. Booklist called my fourth book, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, “fun and engaging,” while Bookreporter said it was “filled with life’s wisdoms.”
I’m currently hard at work on my sixth novel, This Won’t End Well, which will be published at the beginning of 2020.
It took a few books for me to realize my fiction focuses on love, loss, and making the most of this messy and wonderful life. I write to figure out how I feel about the world—and to connect with others thinking about the same things. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a reader who says, “Your novel helped me through a tough time,” or “That’s exactly how I felt.”
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.
A very important FYI: If you of anyone you know is dealing with substance abuse or any mental health issue, please visit http://www.samhsa/gov/find-help/national-helpline
Thanks to Lake Union Publishing we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you or anyone else you know has been affected by this epidemic. We’ll announce a winner soon. Goof luck.
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