THE AUDACITY OF SARA GRAYSON
By Joani Elliott
Joani Elliott’s humorous contemporary fiction debut, THE AUDACITY OF SARA GRAYSON (Post Hill Press, May 25, 2021), brilliantly follows an insecure writer’s journey of self-discovery as she struggles to fill the void left behind by her mother—a best-selling literary icon.
What happens when the world’s greatest literary icon dies before she finishes the final book in her best-selling series?
And what happens when she leaves that book in the hands of her unstable, neurotic daughter, who swears she’s not a writer?
Sara Grayson is a 32-year-old, part-time greeting card writer about to land the toughest writing assignment of her life. Three weeks after the death of her mother, a world-famous suspense novelist, Sara learns that her mother’s dying wish is for her to write the final book in her wildly popular Ellery Dawson series.
Sara has lived alone with her dog, Gatsby, ever since her husband walked out with their Pro Double Waffle Maker and her last shred of confidence. She can’t fathom writing a book for 30 million fans—not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock.
But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on. Against an impossible deadline and a publisher intent on sabotaging her every move, Sara discovers that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling on family secrets she was never meant to find—secrets that threaten her mother’s legacy—and the very book she’s trying to create.
*SUMMER 2021 BOOK CLUB PICK*
A funny and engaging page-turner, THE AUDACITY OF SARA GRAYSON is the perfect book club read. From the novel’s easily digestible nuggets of wisdom to its exploration of mother/daughter dynamics and adult sister relationships, book clubbers will find much to discuss.
JOANI ELLIOTT believes in the magic of stories, a good cup of tea, and the power of living a creative life. She has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. For book club resources, virtual author chats, and more, visit joanielliott.com.
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