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About the Author
Teri Emory is living proof that majoring in French as an undergraduate and studying psycholinguistics in graduate school do not necessarily lead to rack and ruin. To wit: She has taught writing and literature at the University of North Florida, Hunter College, Yeshiva University, and Fordham University and is a grateful survivor of a fifteen-year tour of duty as a corporate writer. Her essays, articles, and poems have appeared in consumer, online, and academic publications, and she has edited essays and book-length manuscripts on absurdly esoteric topics.
She grew up in and around New York City and has lived and worked in Berkeley, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Manhattan, and Rome (Italy). A devoted mother and besotted grandmother, she now resides in Las Vegas.
"Second Acts, by Teri Emory, is a smart, heartfelt glimpse at love, loss, and surprises in the lives of three longtime friends who are navigating unfamiliar emotional terrain amid personal and professional change... Intelligent, witty, and filled with true feeling, Second Acts is a meditation on resilience, second chances, and the unfaltering strength of women's friendships."--Foreword Reviews
"In this affecting and insightful novel, Teri Emory skillfully braids three lives into a unified narrative. Second Acts is an often-painful yet humorous depiction of middle-aged life and offers us an essential reminder that we need to share our joy and with those we love. In American lives one can live many acts: it's never too late to begin again and again." -Michael Thomas, award-winning author of Man Gone Down--Michael Thomas
"Teri Emory has fashioned a debut novel with the perspective and intelligence of a more seasoned writer--a "second act" in and of itself. This engaging story of three lifelong friends whose lives are intertwined is imbued with a warm tone and a witty narrative grounded in the 1960s and moving through contemporary culture with wry observations, heartfelt discoveries, and the celebration of friendship and unconditional love. Emory writes as if she is sitting next to you, spinning out the tale, bringing characters to life, crafting a story you will savor, chapter by chapter." -- Marie Speed, Editor-in-Chief, Boca Raton magazine--Marie Speed
"I absolutely loved this book. I was instantly drawn in. I became very involved in the lives of the three protagonists. The writing is clear and involving and rich and layered. It's a book about relationships and transformation, and those are qualities that I absolutely adore in stories. I truly started missing the three main characters as soon as I finished the novel. I can't WAIT for a sequel!" - Heidi Mastrogiovanni, author of Lala Pettibone's Act Two--Heidi Mastrogiovanni
"Emory's unhurried prose braids the complex personal stories of these three women as they come to grips with loss, choices and compromise. All the while their bond of friendship flourishes in a changing world."--Shelf Awareness
"Emory's solid women's fiction debut features relatable and believable characters experiencing realistic story lines."--Library Journal