Well-heeled Ingryd Mayhew is 42 years old and has lost everything. In the novel, AN AUTUMN TO FALL, her crisis becomes a wild and rewarding season of change.
It’s shortly after the global financial crisis of 2008, and Ingryd is among the many people whose lives were wiped out when the profit tides changed. She was part of the privileged and Ivy-papered society in the Boston area, and when the money stopped, her life flat lined in every way.
The dust hadn’t yet settled from the destruction when the questions began to flood in: Who am I? Where is God in all the pain and chaos? Who are my friends? What do I want? And how am I going to survive this?
MES in Weston
Tracy Strauss, acclaimed writer, Leslie University and NE Conservatory of Music teacher, and editor of literary magazine, Rumpus
Barbara C. A, California, Copywriter, Editorial Manager, and Content Strategist
Suzanne, Back Bay Boston
Melissa S, Vancouver, British Columbia
Mary Ellen S., Weston, Massachusetts
An Autumn to Fall, a story about a woman rebuilding her shattered life after the 2008 global financial crisis, couldn’t be more relevant.
Aside from the whispers that our economy is showing signs of faltering again, life even in the best of times presents transition periods like children leaving, unemployment, mid-life, divorce, illness, and death that can be difficult and often painful to come to terms with.
I have witnessed that these inevitable painful and scary bumps that occur to everyone are made more challenging to those who are not tethered to something bigger, something that transcends the moment. Hope is hard to find in life limited to dust and blood.
Although An Autumn to Fall witnesses the main character, Ingryd trekking through her particular hard season, along the way she and the reader are presented with a variety of people share their stories of survival and redemption.
No one knows for sure what they are capable of, what they would resort to, who is truly in their corner, or what they really believe in until tested by crisis, but observing how others endure can provide valuable wisdom.
Considering our volatile, uncertain world today where watching a marathon could get you blown up and a trip to a classroom could get you shot, turning our gaze to a book that asks the reader to observe what survivors hold onto when the going gets tough is not only useful, but vital.
Eileen McMann is a freelance writer, teacher of English, Logic, and Religion, theater prop and costume designer, mid-wife and hand model, along with having a penchant for fly-fishing. In addition, she is author of the children’s book, I’m So Glad to Be Your Dad, illustrated by Marianella Aguirre.