Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daughter’s husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can’t fix what’s wrong.
“Characters are vivid, relatable, and all too imperfectly human.” —Jewell Parker Rhodes
“Each time I have reread this novel, I have felt rewarded by the connection it offers to the central character, Colleen. I can think of no single page in which her voice is not an irreplaceable gift to the reader.” –Kevin McIlvoy“An engrossing account of the impossible choices faced by caregivers…” –Kathryn Shonk
Her short stories have won the Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the ALR Fiction Award. She is widely published in literary magazines such as American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Folio, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Broad River Review, Folio, Four Quarters, New Delta Review, North Atlantic Review, Raven Chronicles, Reunion:
The Dallas Review, River Oak Review, Ruminate, Story Quarterly, The Briar Cliff Review, Yalobusha Review, and the anthologies ROLL and NEW SUN RISING: Stories for Japan.Her debut novel, MONTPELIER TOMORROW, was published in 2014 by All Things That Matter Press and was a Gold Medal winner in the Drama category for Readers Favorites 2015 Awards. The book was also a finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Awards and the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award.
She has been a Writing Fellow at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, taught writing for River Oak Arts and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference, and received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Illinois Arts Council.