It's May 27th and do you know what that means? CCLaP has another book birthday to celebrate!
Today, we usher Maureen Foley's debut fiction novella Women Float into the world. The book tells the story of 29 year old lonely California pastry chef Win and her decision to take swimming lessons for the first time—finally confronting her hydrophobia and trying to make sense of why her mer-mother suddenly swam off when she was a little girl. She is also dealing with a desperate crush she’s developed on her New Age neighbor, mysterious postcards that keep arriving in the mail, and her bad habit of pathological lying. This touching and humorous look at female relationships and the dramas that come for contemporary women turning thirty also doubles as a loving ode to the small coastal town of Carpinteria and the laid-back SoCal lifestyle that guides it.
Goodreads users are already digging it:
Debbie Wilson calls it "A well crafted poetic tale of the loves and losses in our lives."
Sandra Katsikas says its "A beautifully written story about the power of women and their friendships."
When I first read Maureen's book, as it was being shaped and shifted through the editing process, I felt an immediate and interesting connection to our protagonist Win. Though our lives are very different, we both tire and ache over the hole that is left behind when the people we love leave us. Troubled over the crush she's harboring for her neighbor, frightened by the memories that the ocean holds, and powerless in face of emotionally strong yet complicated women, we follow Win on a journey of self discovery - or what I like to call "uncovery". The perfect book for readers who enjoy books that center around strong female characters, friendship lit, foodie lit, SoCal lit, and light LGBT lit.
You can now purchase a gorgeous, handmade edition of Women Float on CCLaP's website. And you can add it your goodreads shelf too!
Review copies are still available in Mobi, ePub, and PDF, so if you'd like to review it for us, raise your hand!! I'd be happy to send one over to you. Maureen is also open to doing interviews, audio excerpts, and guest posts.