It’s hard enough for a mother to uphold a measure of environmental consciousness while steering a family toward harmony, but imagine if the household is an off-grid commune and the family is eighteen ragtag residents who’ve somehow moved in. Imagine further that the mother was raised by grandparents on that homestead where she was always a little lonely and a lot loved. Dawn Perkins threw her land, family, relationships, and energy into the commune, but ten years in, it’s on the brink of failure. If it doesn’t change soon, Dawn will lose everything.
Nettle Soup is the story of Dawn Perkins and the world she created as it falls around her. The novel will appeal to people who struggle to do the right thing, closet workaholics who scrimp on time for joy, and people everywhere who hold a simpler life as a distant Plan B for when their rat-race becomes too much.
–The novel is in draft.
Cult by Degrees
Monica Norling, a professor at a research university, is a willing slave to her job. But when her unambitious thirty-four year old daughter comes home from a commune, Monica finds herself more and more obsessed with going there herself. Is her daughter’s commune a cult that is drawing Monica in, or is academics a cult that Monica needs to break out of?
–I’ve finished the third draft.