Coming May 30, 2023
“Brimming with mischief and mystery, Nancy Crochiere’s Graceland is as heartfelt as it is hilarious…. Make time in your schedule because you won’t be sleeping until you finish this charming gem of a novel.”
USA Today bestselling author of I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK
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Nancy Crochiere delivers a big-hearted, funny, and fast-paced debut novel that follows three generations of women at odds with one another on a road-trip chase from Boston to Memphis.
People-pleasing Hope Robinson can’t seem to please anyone lately--not her slogan-spewing boss, not her pink-haired teenage daughter, and especially not her mother, the flamboyant soap-star, Olivia Grant. Olivia loves Elvis more than Jesus, and now that she’s on oxygen, she insists Hope take her on a final trip to Graceland. Unfortunately, that’s the one place Hope can’t go. Eighteen years earlier, pregnant and distraught, Hope fled Tennessee with a secret agreement: to never reveal her baby’s father and never return to Memphis.
Olivia, though, has never learned the word no. After she wrangles Hope’s impulsive daughter, Dylan, to drive her from Boston to Memphis with the promise of meeting her mystery father, Hope has no choice but to chase after them. She must stop them before they ambush Dylan’s father, exposing Hope’s lies, breaking the NDA, and igniting a political and media firestorm.
Along the road to Memphis, as the women encounter former soap actors, free-range ferrets, and a trio of Elvis-impersonating frat boys, everyone’s long-held secrets begin to unravel. In order to become the family they long to be, Hope, Olivia, and Dylan must face hard truths about themselves and one another on the bumpy road to acceptance, forgiveness, and ultimately, grace.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Me, though? I’m good in a corner. In fact, when dancing is involved, people feel safer if I’m tucked away somewhere. Or better yet, cordoned off
Don’t get me wrong. I love to dance. Much like I love to sing—with a great deal of enthusiasm and no discernable talent. And while I could take lessons in ballroom or swing or even Irish step dancing, I’ve found no classes that teach you to move like that woman in Flashdance. Or, you know, look that good in a ripped sweatshirt.
Dancing is on my mind right now because my younger daughter is getting married this summer. I’ve returned to Zumba class to help me prepare.
My father had a long history of heart problems, so when he died from a massive coronary at age 67, it was unexpected, but hardly surprising.
I was only 26 at the time, and what did surprise me were condolences I received from two close friends, both of whom used the same word to describe my father. They wondered how was I dealing with the loss of a parent who had been, well, “difficult?”
I’d never attached that particular word to my father — at that young age, I lacked the perspective — but their naming it brought instant, almost palpable relief. My father was, indeed, a difficult man.
In 1993, Jeff Arch’s screenplay Sleepless in Seattle became a hit movie, won him an Academy Award nomination, and launched a thirty-year career writing for films. For most of those years, though, Jeff was haunted by a story that insisted it could only be told as a novel. Attachments, Jeff’s fiction debut, is a lyrical, heartwarming story about three former boarding-school students called back to campus by the deathbed request of their dean. Pick, Goody, and Laura must face their shared past, including a betrayal and a secret that could change everything for the dean’s teenage son.