Synopses & Reviews
Abbey Garner has a plan: to earn a million dollars by the time she's thirty-five. Financial independence will allow her to break the cycle of unhappinessand#160;endured by the women in her family. Determined to fulfill her dream, Abbey works at Granny Po's struggling beauty shop, where the feisty Gray Widows go to primp, polish, perm . . . and, of course, gossip. There, among the hair dryers and perm rods--and with the help of a new friend--Abbey finds the courage to open her heart and take risksand#160;required for herand#160;to live life to its fullest.
Debut author Laura Bowers createsand#160;a funny and touching first novel about family--both the one we are born to and the one we create ourselves.
"'Fourteen-year-old Abbey Garner, the star of Bowers's debut novel, has lived with her great-grandmother Granny Po since her mother abandoned her three years earlier. Abbey believes the women in her family are cursed because, starting with Granny Po, each had a baby by age 17. ('Not only did the women in my family inherit overly fertile eggs, they each married men who were total, complete, and absolute duds.') Abbey is determined to avoid the same fate; instead, she intends to become a millionaire by age 35. Working at her grandmother's beauty shop and on her neighbor's horse farm, Abbey is well on her way to her financial goal, yet she still hopes to be reunited with her mother. Then Gena Hopkins breezes into town and rents Granny Po's beauty shop, transforming it into a posh day spa and giving Abbey a new job and an ambitious, entrepreneurial role model. During a rare visit, Abbey's mother promises they'll be reunited as soon as she can afford a down payment on a house. Reluctantly, Abbey hands over her savings, but she soon discovers her mother has deceived her. Teens will find Abbey's emotional turmoil rings true, as does the reason behind her final act of forgiveness. But it's the multigenerational friendships the feisty, sniping conversations with Granny Po and her close circle of friends, 'The Widows,' brim with humor that make Bowers's first novel a delight. Ages 12 up.' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
* and#8220;Itand#8217;s the multigenerational friendshipsand#8212;the feisty, sniping conversation with Granny Po and her close circle of friends, and#8216;The Widows,and#8217; brim with humorand#8212;that make Bowersand#8217;s first novel a delight.and#8221; - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"It's the multigenerational friendships-the feisty, sniping conversation with Granny Po and her close circle of friends, `The Widows,' brim with humor-that make Bowers's first novel a delight."-Publishers Weekly (starred)
* "It's the multigenerational friendships-the feisty, sniping conversation with Granny Po and her close circle of friends, 'The Widows,' brim with humor-that make Bowers's first novel a delight." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A young girl abandoned by her mother finds love and encouragement in aand#160;"family" of mismatched women in a small-town beauty parlor.
About the Author
Laura Bowers is a full-time mom and an avid horsewoman. She credits her love of horses, farm life, family, and friends (not necessarily in that order) with influencing her writing. She lives with her husband, two boys, and several four-footed family members in Maryland.