Amazon now has my new eBook, Handprints, available at https://amzn.to/3kvKnRA.
This is the story of two women in the 1940s whose husbands commit them to a state mental institution in the Boston area. When you get to know them, you may think that they were sent to this place as a matter of convenience to these men, who had the power to do so. Told in the voice of Edna Campbell, the novella describes her feelings about being separated from her little cottage in Chelsea, Massachusetts after having emigrated from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Edna fancies herself to be a poet, a la Edna St. Vincent Millay and even refers to herself with that name. On her first night at the institution, she meets a woman whose name is Anne, whom Edna calls Anne of Green Gables. They become friends.
But is either woman really mentally ill? Does anyone need the drugs they’re fed on a daily basis to keep them under control? And how do they get through their days, the ones that run into weeks, into months, into years, all the while eating horrible food and wearing clothes that make them look like everyone else.
tt has a bit of a Christmas holiday theme as well.
It was a long time coming! This is the first time I’ve loaded a file myself on KDP (Amazon’s page), and I did a bunch of things incorrectly, including not having the cover in the correct format and having to go back and forth with them. But now I know how!
Thanks to editor Susan Hughes and cover designer Rachael Ritchey. I appreciate their great work in helping me finish this.
Thanks to the members of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Without their constant support, I might have given up on this!
And don’t forget–this is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any person, alive or deceased, is purely coincidental. However, there was a real place in Mattapan, Massaschusetts, upon which the location is based. It’s long been gone and now houses an Audubon sanctuary.