Writer’s Second Novel Tackles Secrets, Facades

May 12, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

Wake Forest-based writer Therese Fowler ’00, ’05 MFA is making the rounds to talk about her second novel, Reunion, published by Ballantine Books in March. With Blogcritics.org, she recently answered questions about her favorite writers, her background and Reunion:

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

[It’s] at its most basic level the story of a woman from very humble beginnings who, at 19, gave up a child for adoption and kept the entire matter a secret.  When she later becomes a celebrated talk-show host, she undertakes a search for the child – but not necessarily so that they can meet; rather, to assuage her need to know what became of him.

She’s also trying to reconnect with the person she is behind the facade she’s built—which she hopes will open up possibilities for new personal connections as well.  There are risks, though; if the past she’s hidden for so long is discovered, it may jeopardize her career and her efforts toward fulfillment.  Ultimately, Reunion is a story about redemption, self-actualization, and love.

Also listen to her interview with WUNC’S The State of Things, and read excerpts from Reunion.

Her debut novel, Souvenir, was published in 2008, when she appeared on UNC-TV’s N.C. Bookwatch You can also follow her on her own blog.

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