THE NEW WOMAN by Jon Hassler

Publisher Viking/Penguin, December 2005

In 1977, Jon Hassler introduced readers to the residents of Staggerford and sparked a decades-long love affair with the small town. With A New Woman, Hassler once again proves that he's "a writer good enough to restore your faith in fiction" (The New York Times Book Review).

At eighty-seven years old, Agatha McGee knows she is slowing down. From the window of her new home in the Sunset Senior apartments, she can see that Staggerford has become a town with hustle and bustle that threatens to leave her behind. She's not quite ready for the kind of slow-paced participation that arts and crafts classes and weekly trips to the Blue Sky Casino promise, but with the deaths of two close friends, a mysterious missing shoe box, her nephew Frederick's worrying mental state and, most surprisingly, a kidnapped little girl left in her care, Agatha isn't sure that much more excitement is required-especially at her age.

Populated with the charming crew of eccentrics and quirky characters that keep Hassler's fans clamoring for more, A New Woman follows Agatha as she discovers that friends and family are the secrets to longevity and that the essence of life lies in the details.

Hassler continues to garner excellent reviews and a loyal following.

Jon Hassler is the author of 12 novels, two short-story collections, a volume of novellas, and two works of nonfiction. He is Regent's Professor Emeritus at St. John's University in Minnesota and divides his time between there and Melbourne, Florida

THE NEW WOMAN by Jon Hassler

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