LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Terry Sue Harms, Author of Pearls My Mother Wore
Saturday, August 21, 2010 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
Pearls My Mother Wore is about loss and recovery, resentment and forgiveness.
The novel opens on the day that forty-three-year-old “nice girl” Kelly Tremblake buries the ashes of her forty-two-year-old husband, Grayson. Devastated by his sudden and unexpected death, Kelly finds the sweet, uncomplicated life she has intentionally crafted screeching to a halt. As she pulls increasingly inward, episodes surrounding the death of her beautiful but narcissistic, alcoholic mother, when Kelly was fifteen, threaten to overwhelm her.
Compounding the agony of her loss and the flood of memories is the unexpected arrival of Grayson’s twenty-three-year-old “bad-boy” nephew, Mitchell, the young man who, years earlier, stole a pearl necklace and earring set that had belonged to Kelly’s deceased mother. This combination of events throws Kelly into a spiral of grief, bitter resentment, paranoia, and despair. For her to find relief, she must get those pearls back.
Terry Sue Harms has been a practicing hairdresser since 1977 and currently owns her salon. In 1992 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mills College. In May of 2005, she was inspired, in response to the new reality TV craze, “to write a story where the losers were the winners.” Pearls My Mother Wore was born of that inspiration. Terry lives in Northern California with her husband, Lutrell.