Southold, NY (PRWEB) April 16, 2007
New York author Mary Agria, has just published her most recent novel, VOX HUMANA: The Human Voice. Based on reader response and critical reviews of her novel, TIME in a Garden, published last year, VOX HUMANA is sure to become another "must-read."
VOX HUMANA celebrates the life-affirming power of family, community and shared human work. In the inspiring story, Char Howard leaves her hometown of Hope in western Pennsylvania with music in her soul only to spend her career in Philadelphia as a job counselor helping others "find their voices". In shock at having been force-retired at 59, she returns to her western Pennsylvania roots only to find that her own journey of self-discovering is just beginning. With its insights into the world of pipe organs and weaving, and small town living, VOX is a song of hope for anyone facing major life changes, for the generations redefining their roles and communities struggling to adjust to changing times.
"It's amazing and gratifying how hungry for and receptive readers are to fiction dealing with problems facing people in their senior years," Ms. Agria says. "One reader told me how good it felt finally to find stories that deal with older characters, when so much fiction today seems to concentrate on thirty-somethings. The search for meaning and the human need for community and intergenerational relationships do not have an expiration date!"
Her 2006 TIME in a Garden, continues to earn 5-star reviews with major online booksellers, has appeared on top-three fiction paperback best-seller lists in northern Michigan and has been adopted by book clubs from East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Elliott, Maine.
Reviewers praise Ms. Agria's "wonderfully engaging characters" and "fresh images and language", as well as her ability realistically humanize issues facing older readers and their families, the "ultimate questions of mortality and spirituality". A Michigan book group leader writes: "Time In A Garden has become one of my top ten best reads. The main players are older and wiser, with a better understanding of life and its good and bad times. The characters are beautiful. I loved this book and it garnered positive reviews from our book club."
As part of her signing tour, Ms. Agria will be keynoter in August at a Michigan State University Master Gardener program fund-raiser in summer 2007. Her book signing tour will take her from her home base on Long Island, New York to western Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona and California. Ms. Agria has begun writing a column on gardening and spirituality for a regional Michigan newspaper.
Go to http://www.maryagria.com to read excerpts from Ms. Agria's novels or reach her via email. Her novels are available at online and local booksellers. She is currently working on IN TRANSIT, a novel about the mobile lifestyle of older RV-owners, scheduled for publication Fall of 2008.