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Sneak Peek: GRACELAND by Nancy Crochiere


GRACELAND by Nancy Crochiere

“Graceland is a sparkling, warm-hearted, witty debut. I so enjoyed joining these three generations of women on their action-packed road trip to Memphis!” —Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author

People-pleasing Hope Robinson can’t seem to please anyone lately–not her slogan-spewing boss, not her pink-haired teenage daughter, and especially not her mother, the flamboyant soap-star, Olivia Grant. Olivia loves Elvis more than Jesus, and now that she’s on oxygen, she insists Hope take her on a final trip to Graceland. Unfortunately, that’s the one place Hope can’t go. Eighteen years earlier, pregnant and distraught, Hope fled Tennessee with a secret agreement: to never reveal her baby’s father and never return to Memphis.

Olivia, though, has never learned the word no. After she wrangles Hope’s impulsive daughter, Dylan, to drive her from Boston to Memphis with the promise of meeting her mystery father, Hope has no choice but to chase after them. She must stop them before they ambush Dylan’s father, exposing Hope’s lies, breaking the NDA, and igniting a political and media firestorm.

Along the road to Memphis, as the women encounter former soap actors, free-range ferrets, and a trio of Elvis-impersonating frat boys, everyone’s long-held secrets begin to unravel. In order to become the family they long to be, Hope, Olivia, and Dylan must face hard truths about themselves and one another on the bumpy road to acceptance, forgiveness, and ultimately, grace.



Nancy Crochiere is a long-time writer making her fiction debut with GRACELAND. For thirteen years, Nancy wrote a humor column for two Massachusetts’ newspapers. In 2014, she collected her favorite columns into a book titled The Mother Load, which was a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year in humor and the Independent Publishers of New England 2014 Book Award. Her essays have also appeared in The Boston GlobeWriter’s Digest, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

A graduate of Middlebury College, Nancy also received an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota.

In her spare time, she acts as an “extra” in feature films and TV shows. You can see her as the distraught mother-of-the-bride in the opening moments of Love, Weddings, and Other Disasters, or catch her staring unapologetically at Bradley Cooper’s backside in Joy.

Nancy began her fiction career by penning creative notes excusing her daughters’ tardiness at school. With her girls now grown, she lives north of Boston with her husband, a lawyer and marathoner, and a few house plants that could use more attention.

Visit her website: nancycrochiere.com
Instagram: @ncrochiere
Facebook: @NancyCrochiereWriter

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