Some exciting fiction is being published featuring characters we can not only cheer for, but learn some life lessons from. Amy is one such character in the new novel by Kelly Harms, THE OVERDUE LIFE of AMY BYLER (LakeUnionPublishing).
“A laugh-out-loud funny, pitch-perfect novel that will have readers rooting for this unlikely, relatable, and totally lovable heroine, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is the ultimate escape—and will leave moms everywhere questioning whether it isn’t time for a #momspringa of their own.” —New York Journal of Books
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.
But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.
THE OVERDUE LIFE of AMY BYLER lives up to the hype. It is most definitely one of the best books of the years. It has everything – parenthood, divorce, dating and being underappreciated. It reminds me a lot of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE. Enjoy!
Kelly Harms is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.
When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water. Say hello anytime by clicking the contact button!
PS: Those things are all true, for sure! But if I didn’t have to have an easily copy-and-paste-able bio for media reasons, I’d also add…
Kelly (me) grew up in Iowa, and her much bigger brother only tortured her sometimes. Sometimes he played Home Run Derby with her and every time she hit a 400-footer, he made mouth sounds like the crowd was going wild.
She studied Biology and Violin Performance at Gustavus Adolphus College, then worked selling shoes and interning at the Utne Reader, which had a huge books section. That’s where things went downhill—too much book publishing exposure resulted in a decade in New York in the publishing business. It cannot be helped. On the plus side, while there she rooted for the Mets and heard a lot of great bands and worked as Docent at the American Museum of Natural History and sang in a great choir and, once, attempted to host a dinner party in her 300 square foot studio.
Eventually she came to her senses and moved back to the Midwest, though she misses New York all the time. In Wisconsin, she roots for the Cubs AND the Brewers which is very confusing. She likes snow and cross-country skiing and knitting and playing games with friends and kids and kids of friends. In Madison she became a Tall Poppy Writer, a mother, and a fan of craft breweries. Her seven year old thinks her books need more ninjas.
She loves writing by a fire in the winter and in the sunroom in the summer. She’s currently at work on her fourth work of comic fiction and who knows what else.
Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think is the biggest challenge for a single mother. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.