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PRAISE FOR KEEPING TIME:
“A perfectly charming debut . . . A small gem of a novel.”
“McGlynn’s sweetly sentimental story will appeal to those who love happy endings.”
“Keeping Time is a romantic tale as intricate and beautiful as handmade lace, surrounding the irresistible Daisy Phillips. Readers of all ages will adore Daisy for her humor, courage, and grace.”
—Kristina Riggle, author of The Life You’ve Imagined and Real Life & Liars
“Once I picked up Keeping Time, I couldn’t put it down. Here, in a fresh new voice delivered in the intimate style of the best girlfriend talks ever, we meet Daisy Phillips, the kind of old lady we all hope to become. The way she bravely takes hold of her past in order to make her future worth living will delight readers as they come to realize that it’s never too late to create your own happy ending.”
—Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Bad Girl Creek, The Owl & Moon Cafè, and Solomon’s Oak
By Stacey McGlynn
What would you do if you had the chance to revisit the past? To find someone long gone, and start anew with them? Where would life take you, and what would you learn along the way? Stacey McGlynn’s effervescent debut novel KEEPING TIME (Crown Publishers; October 5, 2010) explores these questions and more as she details one woman’s eloquent and moving search for lost love and dignity, and along the way underlines our deepest need throughout all of life’s adventures: to be loved, no matter how long the journey.
Daisy Phillips is a seventy-seven-year-old widow from Liverpool who suddenly finds her quiet life interrupted. While under pressure from her son and his wife to sell her lifelong home and move into senior apartments, she stumbles upon a long-forgotten treasure in her cellar: a special watch given to her in lieu of an engagement ring by her first fiancé, Michael Baker, a Brooklyn soldier stationed in England during World War II. Overcome with guilt that such a valuable object had been stored away for so many years, curious about her former love, and itching for new experiences, Daisy throws caution to the wind and travels to the United States to search for Michael and restore the watch to its rightful owner.
Determined to track down Michael, Daisy settles in with her slightly wacky American cousins on Long Island, quickly becoming part of their family drama and easily enticing them into helping her with her quixotic quest to be reunited with the man upon whom she realizes she has quietly pinned all of her hopes and dreams for a second chance.
Inspired by a transatlantic visit from her own long-lost eighty-year-old cousin, Stacey McGlynn’s KEEPING TIME is a deeply moving and entertaining story about a feisty and charismatic heroine, the celebration of life, and the way love ultimately persists.
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About the Author:
STACEY McGLYNN lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Keeping Time is her first novel.
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By Stacey McGlynn
October 5, 2010 • $24.00
978-0-307-46440-8 • Hardcover