Stories on Stage Sacramento: Kathryn Ma & Maureen O'Leary Wanket

Stories on Stage will be back at the Avid Reader at Tower this month, featuring Kathryn Ma and Maureen O'Leary Wanket.

The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma

ISBN: 9780062273345


The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her "home" orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr-educated mother, Gran--who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao's Revolution--and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant for ruling over everyone's lives.

As they cope with Ari's journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face-to-face with the truths of their lives--four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood, The Year She Left Us explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves. Full of pathos and humor, featuring a quartet of unforgettable characters, it marks the debut of an important new voice in American fiction.

How to Be Manly

Maureen O'Leary Wanket


ISBN: 978692286838


Fatty Matty Sullivan finds a self-help book written by a former football great by the name of Tad Manly and starts to follow the advice for the aims of getting in shape (and secure a spot on the football team) and become the kind of guy Cassie Bale will fall for.

But summer doesn't go according to plans.  Matty is taking care of his grandfather, gets caught up in his friend's half-baked weed-dealing schemes, is trying to pass remedial algebra and then, suddenly,  when his dad moves back in with his own get-rich-quick scheme.  Matty begins to realize there is much more to being manly than he thought.