Good books are timeless.
When a book that was written years (or even months) ago is published and it fits right into our national conversation – there’s a kind of a thrill. How could the author have been so prescient? How fortunate this book is appearing right now.
Or is it that certain themes – like domestic violence – have been and will continue to be part of our national conversation for a very long time?
Either way, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Maureen Brady’s Getaway when it comes out May 1.
In this moment when sexual harassment and sexual abuse have finally garnered much deserved attention, Maureen has captured the story of an ordinary woman – Cookie Wagner - trapped by the threats of her husband until one day she can’t take it any longer – she fights back. Without stopping to think, Cookie picks up a newly-sharpened kitchen knife to defend herself against his drunken advances. She stabs him, then runs away before she knows whether or not she’s killed him.
She flees to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she puts together a new life. But she lives with the constant fear that any day it could all fall apart.
Here’s what some early readers have to say:
"A tension-filled yet ultimately humane story about hard-won second chances. Warm and wise, Maureen Brady's Getaway takes the reader on a suspenseful and memorable journey to the tenderest corners of the human heart."
Aaron Hamburger, author of The View from Stalin's Head and Faith for Beginners
“Maureen Brady's new novel, Getaway, explores wife abuse with surprising delicacy. Her upstate characters have grit and guts. . . .When did your sex last belong to you? is the question that drives the heroine's pell-mell flight all the way to Canada. A compelling read, especially for those who recognize that those whom we love can be the most dangerous.”
Terese Svoboda, author of five novels including Bohemian Girl
Getaway is available for pre-order as an ebook here. Paperback copies will be
available May 1.
The terrific cover was designed by Carol March and Al Pranke
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