"Patricia O’Donnell writes unfailingly about the rawness of human relationships with this investigation of contradiction, grief, hope, and memory. With her sparse prose, stark honesty, and grit, O’Donnell lays bare the complexities of love, infidelity, and friendship. A Symmetry of Husbands is a poetic unfolding of love in all its expressions."
Amy Neswald (her collection I Know You Love Me, Too is out from New American Press)
Set in the early days of the Trump presidency, A Symmetry of Husbands probes the inner workings of marriage and long friendship. As she grieves the death of her friend, Megan, Abigail struggles with complicated feelings of lingering desire for Megan’s husband, and guilt over their affair. Abigail also entertains a growing suspicion of the circumstances of Megan’s death, and her own possible complicity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia O’Donnell lives in the small town of Wilton in central Maine. She has ties to Boston’s North Shore, where the novel is set. She is Professor Emerita in Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her books include a prize-winning collection of short fiction, a memoir, and two previous novels.
ABOUT THE PRESS
Unsolicited Press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Unsolicited Press is based out of Portland, Oregon and focuses on the works of the unsung and underrepresented. As a womxn-owned, all-volunteer small publisher that doesn’t worry about profits as much as championing exceptional literature, we have the privilege of partnering with authors skirting the fringes of the lit world. We’ve worked with emerging and award-winning authors such as Shann Ray, Amy Shimshon-Santo, Brook Bhagat, Kris Amos, and John W. Bateman. Learn more at unsolicitedpress.com. Find us on twitter and Instagram, @unsolicitedp.
A SYMMETRY OF HUSBANDS is available on November 7, 2023 as a paperback (306 p.; $18.95; 978-1-956692-83-9) and e-book (all major retailers). Retailers, schools, and libraries can order copies through Ingram. The author is open to speaking with the media, holding readings, and engaging in other author opportunities.
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