Susan Schoenberger

Susan Schoenberger

Photo Credit: Shana Sureck

A Watershed Year, my debut novel originally released in 2011, is a story of second chances. Now, the book is having its own second chance.

In November 2013, Lake Union, a division of Amazon Publishing, re-released the book as a Kindle e-book and a paperback, soon followed by an audiobook. Lake Union will also publish my second novel, The Virtues of Oxygen, tentatively in July 2014.

In A Watershed Year, Lucy McVie is a woman in her mid-thirties who loses her best friend, Harlan, to cancer. Harlan comes back to her through a series of emails he wrote before he died, and he inadvertently advises Lucy to think about becoming a mother. This begins her journey to adopt a young boy from Russia as she works through her grief over Harlan and starts a new relationship that may or may not work out.

A Watershed Year, at its heart, is a love story, and a story about all the ways that we interconnect in this world of both too much and too little communication.

A Watershed Year won the gold medal for novel in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2006 and was short-listed that year for the Peter Taylor Available on Nov. 16, 2013Prize. This novel would not exist without the support of the Faulkner Society and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, which awarded me an artist fellowship in 2007.

I’ve had the good fortune of talking about the book on several television shows and hearing it recommended on WNPR’s Faith Middleton Show. Please visit these links for a view of my good and bad hair days, and the NPR plug:

Connecticut Style, March 9, 2011
Good Morning, Connecticut, June 5, 2011
Faith Middleton Show podcast, Aug. 26, 2011

And please visit my contact page to tell me what you thought of A Watershed Year or to arrange for a book club visit.

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