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Arriving Fall 2018

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

A debut novel by Gretchen Anthony

A formidable matriarch goes to wild efforts to wrest back control of her family in this sidesplitting dramedy set in the Midwest.

 
Dearest loved ones, far and near—
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners!

Violet has opened her annual Baumgartner holiday letter the same way for over three decades. And this year, she’s going to throw her husband Ed a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of 200 guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a secret: Cerise and her partner Barb are expecting a baby.

Why would Cerise keep her pregnancy a secret from her own mother? Cracks begin to form in the family’s perfect veneer as Violet goes to increasing lengths to take back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and Barb and snaring their families and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year’s Baumgartner holiday letter…

Delightful, surprising, and full of heart, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a sparkling cast of characters whose struggle to understand one another illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family, no matter how dysfunctional they can get.