May 2016 Debut of the Month.
An entertaining, perceptive and sharply witty debut, this is a novel that will have you cringing one minute and smiling the next. Sisters Cassie and Sid, separated by half the world, decide to put pen to paper and renew their once strong connection by writing to each other. They end up using the sometimes wince inducing letters as a means of escape and confession, but horrors of horrors, what was meant for their eyes only, ends up plastered all over the internet. We read both sets of letters, and while the sisters have a shared past, Lisa Beazley skilfully creates two distinct characters in Cassie and Sid, each with their own voice. Aside from the letters, Cassie also tells her own story, and while she may fantasise about another life on paper, we see what is really going on inside her mind. ‘Keep Me Posted’, full of observations about modern life, is an amusing, penetrating and enjoyable read.
Cassie and Sid Sunday, once as close as sisters could be, have drifted apart. Cassie’s struggling as a stay-at-home mother to twin toddlers in Manhattan, while Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore. It doesn’t help that Sid spurns social media while Cassie is addicted to her iPhone.
So when Sid suggests they reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie is on board. Intimate and honest, their correspondence becomes a kind of mutual confessional and renews their bond. But Cassie’s made a big mistake—one that their relationship, not to mention their marriages, might not survive.
Keep Me Posted is a fresh and funny debut about the struggles of keeping in touch, keeping it real and keeping it together.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Praise for Keep Me Posted:
‘This novel of two sisters separated by continents and time zones is a treat. Read it! And share it. You will not be disappointed!’ Deborah Rodriguez, New York Times–bestselling author of Kabul Beauty School and The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
‘A remarkably insightful look at motherhood and marriage and the horrible wonderful messiness of family life…An irreverent, funny, beautiful tale of learning how to say goodbye to the girl you once were and to embrace the incredible woman you’ve become.’ Karen White, New York Times–bestselling author of Spinning the Moon
‘Witty and truthful, a charming but thoroughly modern take on parenting, marriage, and sibling relations in the digital age. I tore through Keep Me Posted.’ Elyssa Friedland, author of Love and Miss Communication
‘This debut novel is both a sharply observed comedy…and a thoughtful meditation on the transformative power of human connection.’ Kate Hilton, author of The Hole in the Middle
‘Chock-full of wit, wisdom, and the unexpected consequences of innocent choices.’ Patti Callahan Henry, author of The Idea of Love
‘Surprising and charming…I loved every minute of this unexpected and hilarious adventure.’ Amy Fitzhenry, author of Cold Feet
‘Readers can’t help but root for Cassie Sunday, the funny, flawed, and infinitely relatable heroine of Lisa Beazley’s Keep Me Posted…an engaging story that it equal parts comedy and cautionary tale.’ Melissa DeCarlo, author of The Art of Crash Landing
‘A devastatingly witty novel.’ Erika Mailman, author of Woman of Ill Fame
Publication date: 28/04/2016
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company an imprint of Text Publishing Co
|Publication date:||28th April 2016|
|Publisher:||The Text Publishing Company an imprint of Text Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Lisa Beazley traded her corporate communications career for fiction writing when she moved from New York to Singapore as the “trailing spouse” of her husband, became an “expat housewife” and longed to add a more substantial designation to her identity without actually getting a job. Lisa was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and has a journalism degree from Ohio University. She’s lived in Cleveland, Honolulu, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. When she’s not reading or writing, Lisa is sharpening her toad-catching, Lego-building, and deep-breathing skills as the mother of three young boys. ...More About Lisa Beazley