Dear Fancy NY Literary Agent:
Meredith Brown has always taken her goodness for granted. She’s been a respectable wife, a decent teacher to her gifted students, and a biddable daughter.
Overwhelmed by infertility, the responsibilities of trying to sober her mother-in-law, Leola, of a Xanax addiction, and the downturn of her relationship with her pathologically steadfast husband, Jay, Meredith does something she shouldn’t. She runs away.
Schlepping along for the ride is Jay’s brother, Brian, a mercurial slacker who has a substance abuse problem of his own and a fixation on Meredith that threatens to pull her marriage past the point of no return.
Instead of gaining the perspective she hoped for by fleeing, Meredith quickly realizes that her entire identity is at stake as she enters a labyrinth of temptation and reexamination of her black and white views of the world.
A little about me: my short stories have been published in Phoebe, The Florida Review, The Colorado Review and Night Train. The Mating Habits of Fireflies, in an earlier form, was a contender in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award and received a highly favorable review from Publisher’s Weekly.
The Mating Habits of Fireflies (which I like to think falls into similar niches as The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer and Good Grief by Lolly Winston) is complete with a word count of 80,300.
I have enclosed a few sample pages for your perusal.
Thanks for your consideration
Angie M., Extreme Wannabe