Sunday, September 22, 2013

#8Sunday #SundaySnippets: India's Birthday

I'm done with part #3 of Anton and Lenora and taking a little breather before I move on to part #4. Since my birthday is coming up soon, I thought I'd share a bit on birthdays from my romantic comedy, Afterglow:

India is a kindergarten teacher of a certain age, who is in the midst of getting a divorce from her husband of thirty years. And also in the midst of a budding love affair with a handsome young doctor named Mitch. Eva is her best friend.

My birthday fell on a Thursday that year and coincided, as it happened, with Eva's and my last day of community service. Eva thought a birthday at Darrow with the derelicts was about as appealing as a birthday spent having your tonsils removed without anesthesia. I thought otherwise. Between work and the Darrow Street Mission, I’d been busy. And busy was exactly how I'd wanted to be. I felt about my birthday much as I felt about my divorce. Given a choice, I think I’d rather not. Given a choice, I would have skipped merrily ahead to Friday, when Mitch would come pick me up in his
brand new SUV and we’d head out for what Eva called The Great Northern Adventure.

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India Othmar isn’t having a great year. Her husband of thirty-one years has left her for their son’s ex-girlfriend. Her grown children have moved home. Her best friend Eva seems determined to set her up with every oddball in their small Massachusetts town. And her most significant relationship these days is with Cherry Garcia.

But India is more resilient than she thinks. And though it will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts, some creative uses for shoes, and a scandalous love affair of her own, she learns, much to her surprise, that her life hasn’t ended with her marriage. 
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  1. Wow. Great set-up. As stated, India's had a hard life but don't pity her. Very good snippet.

  2. Busy is good! A lot packed into this excerpt, can't wait to find out more. Great 8!

  3. For people of "a certain age" birthdays quit being reasons for celebration.

  4. I love the premise---and I understand about wanting to skip birthdays1

    (I also know what sympathetic friends Mr. Ben and Mr. Jerry can be... :) )

  5. Lots for anyone to identify in this snippet so you've gotten the reader soundly on India's side. Will be interesting to see if Friday is all that she anticipates. Nicely done 8.

  6. Your writing is great. IMHO, people shouldn't have birthdays past forty, at least not when we're of a "certain age." Very good set up, Ute.

  7. Fun snippet! It's going to be a fun read.

  8. ...about as appealing as a birthday spent having your tonsils removed without anesthesia. Priceless! Love the humor. :)

  9. Very fun snippet, Ute! Lots of great details.