If we are made up of anything but blood and bones and a little cosmic stardust mixed in, we are made of stories. We all have them, and when we share our stories we connect with each other in larger, more beautiful ways. That’s what my new novel is about --- Stories, the ones we share and the ones we don’t; the ones we hide and the ones we disguise.
So as the summer approaches and we leave behind this crazy winter --- and equally unpredictable spring --- I am happy to share that my latest novel, THE STORIES WE TELL, releases in hardcover on June 24th. You can pre-order it here!
THE STORIES WE TELL is about the stories we tell and the people we trust. Eager to start reading now? Here's a look a chapter one.
Remodeling: A New Website...and More
I’ve been really busy getting ready for this release. There is so much going on. First, you know how I’m sort of obsessed with house decorating, right? But instead this time, I remodeled my website. Come over and visit. There’s lots of news there and I plan to keep the site updated as news becomes available!
On the subject of actual home remodeling, I am happy to share that my home in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina was featured in Country Living in May. You can read more about it here.
The Stories Behind the Stories: My Inspiration
There is a new section on my website filled with the inspiration and research for this novel. Here you will find all sorts of behind-the-scenes information. I have photos and articles, stories and goodies about THE STORIES WE TELL. I talk about how my nursing career influenced this story, my obsession with letterpress and stationery. There is a link to Pinterest where I’ve been pinning all my favorite images and quotes. Take a look!
Special Giveaway for THE STORIES WE TELL
Part of the research for this novel involved having my own logo and stationery made. Now I’m passing the fun along to you, too! Enter here by Thursday, June 12th to win one of five custom stamps with your initials. And take a look at mine there as well!
Meeting You (Live)
I’m hitting the road on June 24th and you know I love meeting my readers, and talking about the characters as if they are real and hanging out with us. There are so many great events, including an art show and signing; a benefit for Shepherd Center in Atlanta; and much more. I am partnering with some of your favorite authors on the road: Carolyn O’Neill and her cookbook, Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Katie Crouch and more.
You know I want to meet every single one of you, but of course I can't! So we've made some videos where I talk about the inspirations, themes and characters in THE STORIES WE TELL. You can see the first here entitled "Inspiration." There are others where I discuss the book, the themes and hopefully answer some of your questions. They will be posted in the weeks to come!
Inspirational Images --- and Cards to Follow Soon!
In THE STORIES WE TELL, Eve Morrison is designing a card line based on a list she made with her sister, Willa. When they were children, they decided that the Ten Commandments were too full of things NOT TO DO and they made a list of lovely things TO DO. Each of THE TEN GOOD IDEAS has been paired with an image from Sandee O.’s art and photography. Sandee is one of my oldest friends and it was such fun working with her to select the right images for each idea. You can see them all here. Feel free to download these images to keep for yourself or share with your friends who need a little inspiration and some good thoughts.
Not Forgetting My New Paperback
Oh, and for those who still have not read my previous book, AND THEN I FOUND YOU, it's now out in paperback! More on that below.
Looking forward to your thoughts after you read THE STORIES WE TELL. See you on the road or online! You also can drop me a line here!
Thanks for reading....
--- Patti Callahan Henry
THE STORIES WE TELL - Coming in Hardcover on June 24th
In THE STORIES WE TELL we meet Eve and Cooper Morrison, who are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade design; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family.
But things may not be as good as they seem.
Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets "back on her feet." Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories --- what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates --- Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it.
She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.
Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.
It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?
When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.
Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?
AND THEN I FOUND YOU gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.
November 20, 2014 Sun City Literacy Event More information soon Hilton Head, South Carolina
Praise for THE STORIES WE TELL
The themes of marriage, motherhood, and the price of success are standard for women’s fiction, but Henry has mastered the art of the slow reveal, leading the reader down unexpected paths. Readers who enjoy southern women’s fiction à la Joshilyn Jackson will appreciate this emotionally satisfying novel. --- Booklist
Full of twists and turns, this book will be one that you just can’t put down. --- Southern Living
“THE STORIES WE TELL fearlessly explores the textures of the human heart, finding a path toward hope through a Savannah that is jagged with class issues, faith misused, and broken trust. Henry loses you in a landscape peopled with secret keepers, storytellers and liars, and proves that in the end, love is the only reliable compass. This is everything you expect from Patti Callahan Henry—lyrical writing, characters worth rooting for, a sure-footed belief in the power of goodness—plus a twisty plot that will keep the pages turning long into the night.” --- Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY
“Patti Callahan Henry’s THE STORIES WE TELL is a lyrical exploration of love and longing, secrets and suspicion, family and friendship, all told with the author’s trademark insights into the hollows and curves of the heart and mind of a working woman who must balance the demands of motherhood, wifedom, sisterhood, and yes, the deepest cravings for artistic expression. I always love the stories PCH tells!” --- Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of LADIES' NIGHT
“Patti Callahan Henry seamlessly combines mystery, family love, and personal journey all in one engrossing tale. From the intriguing beginning to the touching ending, The Stories We Tell is filled with the warmth, heart and compassion that have become the trademark of her novels.” --- Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of NECESSARY LIES
“Book clubs rejoice—your next pick is here! THE STORIES WE TELL unfolds in surprising ways; Patti Callahan Henry understands the delicate balance of power inside a marriage. They can look so externally perfect they can even fool even the people living inside them… for a little while. I loved her portrayal of a strong woman who isn’t afraid to be successful, even when others find it threatening, and who is bold enough to seek the truth, even when living inside the lies is safer and more comfortable.” --- Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and APE HOUSE
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