The Amendment by Anne Leigh Parrish
“When Lavinia Dugan Starkhurst’s wealthy, older husband is struck dead by lightning while playing golf, the former manufactured-home saleswoman and mother of five sets out west from upstate New York on a journey of liberation and discovery. She leaves behind her loving but inept ex-husband, her brood of floundering adult children, a close friend on the brink of divorce, a suitor relentlessly determined to be her next spouse and a hard-to-please housekeeper, all of whom, in one way or another, view her trip as a fool’s errand. If Rabbit Run was John Updike’s answer to Kerouac’s On the Road, then The Amendment is the pitch-perfect contemporary response to Rabbit Run: a nuanced, witty and insightful exploration of the fetters of family and community that prove impossible to escape. Anne Leigh Parrish is a smart, savvy writer with a gift for exploring landscapes of both geography and emotion. Once again, she has produced a work of considerable charm and poignancy.”—Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day.
“Anne Leigh Parrish’s, The Amendment, is a beautifully written story about a new widow’s struggle to wrap her mind around her husband’s death by setting off on a cross-country journey in search of she knows not what. Parrish’s prose is eloquent yet crisp, moving the story along quickly. The Amendment is at times funny, quirky and endearingly touching. A delightful must-read, sure to take its place among today’s top literary fiction!”—Michelle Cox, author of The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series.
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