Five Favorite Novels About Mothers and Daughters b...

1) AMY AND ISABELLE by Elizabeth Strout. This was Strout’s first novel and boy, was it an amazing beginning to what’s gone on to be a sterling career (OLIVE KITTEREDGE, THE BURGESS BOYS, ABIDE WITH ME). In AMY AND ISABELLE, a mother’s shocked to learn her teenage daughter is having a sexual relationship with a teacher at her school. Strout sets the book in a small town where other issues like crop failures and UFO’s add to the confusion. The closeness yet distance of mother-daughter relationships comes across especially strongly. 2) UNLESS, by Carol Shields. In this, the wonderful Canadian writer, Carol...

CONCRETE ANGEL: Cover art for Patricia Abbott’s debut novel Sep17

CONCRETE ANGEL: Cover art for Patricia Abbott̵...

Senior Film Critic Patricia Abbott will be releasing her debut novel, with Polis Books, in the Summer of 2015. We are pleased as punch to present the cover art for CONCRETE ANGEL. Eve Moran has always wanted “things” and has proven both inventive and tenacious in both getting and keeping them – she lies, steals, cheats and swindles, paying little heed to the cost of her actions on those who love her. When Eve kills a man she picks up in a shoe repair shop, she persuades her twelve year-old daughter, Christine, to confess to the crime. The girl, compelled by love, dependency and circumstance, is caught up in her mother’s deceptions and find...