Around the Bend is a heartfelt and often hilarious tale of a woman looking for love and connection while balancing the roles of mother and daughter, and navigating the tricky terrain of midlife. You’ll find yourself rooting for, relating to and laughing along with Ann with every turn of the page.
Set in the violence of 9/11, Around the Bend tells the uproarious story of two single people's search for recovery, trust, and sexual fulfillment. Annice and Walter meet at a gala. Healing from former relationships, they traipse through loss, grief, and restoration. Despite hard family issues, appalling teenagers, they find their strength. This couple's personal development embodies the valiant American spirit.
Bedell Phillips, an award-winning poet, is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Edges of Waves and Thrums and Tapestries. Her poem "Thinking About the Violence" was nominated for "Best on the Net" by Gravel Magazine. Around the Bend is her first novel. Bedell is the recipient of the NANO Writers Award for Fiction. Bedell lives in Florida and New England.