Monday, December 7, 2020

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything By Kristin Bair


A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair.

Agatha Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving the local dog walker some heavy petting. Suddenly, Agatha finds herself face to face with everything that frightens her...and that's a loooooong list.

Agatha keeps those she loves close. Everyone else, she keeps as far away as possible. So she's a mystery to nearly everyone in her New England town. To her husband, she's a saucy, no-B.S. writer. To her Facebook Moms group, she's a provocateur. To her neighbor, she's a standoffish pain in the butt. To her sons, she's chocolate pudding with marshmallows. And to her shrink, she's a bundle of nerves on the brink of a cataclysmic implosion.

Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants"--a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage essentials--and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker. Along the way, she finds another intriguing target to follow: a mysterious young woman who's panhandling on the busiest street in town.

It's all a bit much for timorous Agatha. But with the help of her Bear Grylls bobblehead, a trio of goats, and a dog named Balderdash, Agatha may just find the courage to build a better life.

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Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is the author of the novels THE ART OF FLOATING (Penguin|Berkley, April 2014) and THIRSTY (Swallow Press, 2009). Her short stories, articles, and essays have been published in Writer's Digest, the HuffPo Books Blog, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, The Christian Science Monitor, HYPERtext, Bluestem, and other publications. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching writing for the past twenty years.

In addition, Kristin writes about writing, life, creativity, China, and whatnot at her blog Writerhead. In late 2010, after nearly five years as an expat in Shanghai, China, she repatriated to the United States and is hunkered down in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

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My Thoughts...

Are you ready to forget about all the sadness in the world and read a happy make you laugh out loud book? I found you one that you will really enjoy. A dog walker? You have got to read this book to find out what happened with the dog walker.
This is a 5 star read that you are going to be so happy you took the time to read. And Yes, Agatha is afraid of everything.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.