Current Book Project
I'm currently working on a queer female millennial retelling of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. It’s a coming-of-age story that explores the limits of self-reliance and the privilege of unplugging.
Josephine “Jo” Stowe is at a post-college crossroads. She and her nagging boyfriend have finally split just as her best friend has moved abroad, and her stressful teaching job in Boston won’t cover rent, never mind her student loan debt. When her aunt leaves for a year-long sabbatical, Jo seizes the opportunity to house-sit in rural New Hampshire, quitting the city to unplug, be “wild and free,” and, above all else, prove her independence.
But Jo’s simple life soon gets complicated when she meets her new neighbors – noisy nocturnal birds, rogue woodchucks, and Charlie – a young mother who Jo falls for despite all her plans for solitude. Through Charlie, Jo gets to know townspeople whose problems and perspectives force her to confront uncomfortable truths about herself and her tiny world. In order to face her adulthood, Jo must learn how to help and be helped, even when isolation seems like the easier option.