The Undertaking of Tess

A Novella

“The loss of innocence can be as dramatic as the loss of a parent of the discovery that what's perceived to be truth can acutally be a big fat lie as shown in Kagen's compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller set in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959.”
Publisher's Weekly

“Heart-rending, yet humorous and filled with hope, The Undertaking of Tess is a rare treat from an author who truly knows how to create unforgettable characters. Readers who loved Kagen's Whistling in the Dark will adore Tess and Birdie in this delightful novella”.
– Sandra Kring, author of the national bestseller, The Book of Bright Ideas

During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa “Tessie” Finley has her work cut out for her. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after she witnessed her father’s drowning, her kid sister, Birdie, refuses to believe that their beloved Daddy is really gone. Tessie needs to make sure that she does before their Mom gets wind of how much “weirder” her sister’s getting. Stronger, and more down to Earth than ethereal Birdie, she’s always watched over her sister, so it’s only natural for her to come up with a plan that she jots down on one of her never-ending TO-DO lists. If Tessie can’t achieve her goals, she’s desperately worried that the beautiful, but self-occupied Louise, might send emotionally fragile Birdie to the County insane asylum.

Author: Lesley Kagen

Publication Date: July 26, 2014

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Description

“The loss of innocence can be as dramatic as the loss of a parent of the discovery that what’s perceived to be truth can acutally be a big fat lie as shown in Kagen’s compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller set in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Kagen’s stellar third novel, Tomorrow River, chronicles the dramatic changes in the lives of 11-year-old Shenny Carmody and her twin sister, Woody, nearly a year after their mother’s disappearance. Kagen not only delivers a spellbinding story but also takes a deep look into the mores, values, and shams of a small Southern community in an era of change.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A tender yet big-hearted coming-of-age story filled with heartbreak, secrets, and humorous observations of the convoluted adult world through which two young sisters must navigate.”
– Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Heart-rending, yet humorous and filled with hope, The Undertaking of Tess is a rare treat from an author who truly knows how to create unforgettable characters. Readers who loved Kagen’s Whistling in the Dark will adore Tess and Birdie in this delightful novella”.
– Sandra Kring, author of the national bestseller, The Book of Bright Ideas

“A bittersweet coming-of-age-in-the-fifties story that’ll have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next. Kagen’s ability to capture children’s deepest emotions never fails to impress.”
– Bonnie Shimko, award-winning author of The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

About the Author

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, former restaurateur, sought-after speaker, and award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels. Her work has been translated into seven languages. A mother of two and grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farm house in a small town in Wisconsin.

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