• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 24, 2012)
When Susannah Delaney discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote, rustic Sounder Island to live for a year. A simple island existence—with no computers or electricity and only a one-room schoolhouse—is just what her over scheduled East Coast kids need to learn what’s really important in life. But the move threatens her marriage to the man she’s loved since childhood, and her very sense of self.
For Betty Pavalak, who moved to Sounder to save her own troubled marriage, the island has been a haven for fifty years. But Betty also knows the guilt of living with choices made long ago and actions that cannot be undone. The unlikely friendship between Susannah and Betty ignites a journey of self-discovery for both women and brings them both home to what they love most. A Simple Thing moves beyond friendship, children, and marriages to look deeply into what it means to love and forgive—yourself.
Kathleen McCleary teaches writing at American University. A former columnist for HGTV.com, Kathleen’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA WEEKEND, Good Housekeeping, More, Health, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
Kathleen’s Tour Stops
Kathleen McCleary will discuss A Simple Thing on Book Club Girl on Air on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 pm ET.
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Wednesday, July 25th: Mutant Supermodel
Thursday, July 26th: BookNAround
Thursday, August 2nd: A Worn Path
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Monday, August 6th: Being 5
Tuesday, August 7th: Mommy Uncensored
Tuesday, August 7th: Bookworm “Another Book Please”
Wednesday, August 8th: My Convertible Life
Thursday, August 9th: Kritters Ramblings
Friday, August 10th: Mother Fog
Monday, August 13th: Kind of a Mess
Tuesday, August 14th: Paperback Princess
Monday, August 27th: Moments of Exhilaration – author interview