Saturday, April 3, 2010
Congrats to Connie May Fowler on the April 2nd Launch of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
…colorful characters…the result is folksy and sophisticated, and humorous yet at times grave and appalling…A seductive and thoroughly satisfying read. —Library Journal
Fowler...lends magic and voice to the singular Florida landscape and gives an interesting twist on the novel…we get to witness that the real truth is often the most risky tale to tell.—Booklist Fowler produces some singularly memorable characters…bringing [them] together…for an explosive conclusion. —Publishers Weekly
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly (April 2, 2010; Hardcover; $21.99) is a transcendent and original novel about one fateful day in the life of a woman on the verge of change.
The temperature in Hope, Florida reads ninety-two degrees at seven a.m. on the day of the solstice. For writer Clarissa Burden, her routine of being ignored by her artist/husband Iggy while he photographs nude twenty-something’s is jarred by the realization that her marriage is failed, her writer’s block is ever-present and the pains of her abusive childhood aren’t going away. The ghosts haunting Clarissa’s house empathize with her and yearn for her happiness, but they have watched her become complacent.
Unexpectedly, Clarissa becomes fed-up. Whether it is the searing heat, the call from a sexy, younger colleague, or the naked girls giggling with her husband outside her kitchen window, the combination becomes unbearable and the hottest day of the year becomes a day of reckoning.
With a sharp eye and articulate voice, Connie May Fowler introduces a memorable cast of characters that are as colorful as they are troubled and as familiar as they are complex.
How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is a compelling exploration of one woman’s inner life and of the lives she unexpectedly encounters.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling writer Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women with Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need. Connie lives in Florida.