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The author of the book: Lynne M. Spreen
Language: English
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The size of the: 7.51 MB
Edition: Lynne M. Spreen
Date of issue: August 13th 2014
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While visiting her Midwestern hometown after many years, workaholic Karen Grace risks a few extra days away from the office, to get reacquainted with her extended family and childhood friends. She visits the crumbling homesteads of her prairie ancestors, and rediscovers their immigrant dreams and sacrifices. When her tyrannical boss fires her, she's 1,500 miles from home, just one more middle-aged worker out of a job in a tough economy. To make matters worse, her husband just left her for his pregnant girlfriend.

At a crossroads, Karen must find the courage to change. Needing time to think, she agrees to take an elderly neighbor on one last road trip, but on a deserted highway in Wyoming, Karen is forced to make a lethal and life-changing decision.

I wrote Dakota Blues because I'm fascinated by the idea that the second half of our lives could be more powerful than we've ever imagined, but there's a problem: Our culture teaches us that our youth is the good half, and once that's over, forget it. In Dakota Blues, I try to show a woman who breaks free at midlife and struggles to win her freedom.

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I write coming-of-age stories about people who are age 50 and over.

Consider: In a typical coming-of-age story, the young people struggle to figure out who they are, what they value, and what price they’ll pay to get what they want, whether it’s career or soulmate or way of life.

But then what? Thirty years later, do they stick with that or try something new?

How do they deal with life’s drama? Do they evolve or stay stuck? What are they willing try, or desperate to reject? And do they realize they might have thirty or forty more years to live with that decision?

I enjoy reading about the second half of life, done thoughtfully. Unfortunately, I can never find enough of those books. Some of the older characters are just 20-year-olds with silver hair. That’s not what I want. I want the big questions answered, questions about life and death, happiness and survival.

My debut novel, Dakota Blues, told of a 50-year-old woman who goes on an empowering road trip with a 90-year-old buddy. Dakota Blues won the Next Generation Indie Book Award (finalist) for excellence in Women's Fiction. My second book, published July 2014, was Middle-Aged Crazy: Short Stories of Midlife and Beyond.

And in December 2016, Key Largo Blues was published. Find out what happens to Karen Grace, her sweetheart Curt the hot professor, and the merry band of fulltime RVers, the CRS ("Can't Remember S***") Ladies. People are saying KLB is even better than the first book, and that it's good even as a stand-alone.

So come along with me on my quest to discover OA fiction. For a collection of titles I recommend, check out my OA reading list at

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