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