Author Anne Youngson will be in conversation with Tessa Smith McGovern about her new book, THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER, a novel about three women, second chances and one summer trip.
Meet Eve, who has left her thirty-year career to become a Free Spirit; Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children; and Anastasia, a defiantly independent narrowboat-dweller, who is suddenly landlocked and vulnerable. Before they quite know what they’ve done, Sally and Eve agree to drive Anastasia’s narrowboat on a journey through the canals of England, as she awaits a life-saving operation. As they glide gently – and not so gently – through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of narrowboat life draw them inexorably together, and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds. At summer’s end, all three women must decide whether to return to the lives they left behind, or forge a new path forward.
Candid, hilarious, and uplifting, Anne Youngson's THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER is a celebration of the power of friendship and new experiences to change one’s life, at any age.
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Anne Youngson is retired and lives in Oxfordshire. She has two children and three grandchildren to date. Her debut novel, MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
Tessa Smith McGovern has taught writing for 22 years and, for the last ten years, at the Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY. Her LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Featured’ review from Kirkus, is an Amazon best-seller, and a gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS, is also an Amazon best-seller. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and Equinox, a UK poetry journal archived by the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing and is also host, writer and producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV), an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading. Tessa is currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.