Lacking in Substance

A Novel

by Laura Otis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/10/2019

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781532087165
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781532087158

About the Book

Middle-aged misfit Carrie McFadden won’t let people tell her how to love. At 43, she sets out on a cross-country trip to confront her old love, Johnny Turner, from her days as a scientist. On the road, Carrie begins a novel that she has been trying to write for years. But in making the trip, she is neglecting her sick mother, and as writes, life closes in on her. In her novel, the Mexican immigrant Teresa must fend off her employer’s advances and her boyfriend’s violence. Carrie herself faces a lonely man’s overtures, a caregiver’s demands that she visit her mother, and a doctor’s belief that a woman travelling alone should be medicated for mental illness. As Carrie approaches Johnny in San Francisco, her life and her novel converge. Like Teresa, she must choose the direction her life will take if she wants to survive.

About the Author

Laura Otis is a professor of English at Emory University. She holds a BS in biochemistry, an MA in neuroscience, a PhD in comparative literature, and an MFA in fiction. She is the author of six academic books and six novels, including Clean and Refiner’s Fire. In 2000, she received a MacArthur Fellowship for creativity.