In this novel about a mother who finds herself on the front lines of a war with Fate, the protagonist, Colleen Gallagher, throws herself in the trenches to become a dying man's caregiver, but discovers that even her best efforts can't fix what's wrong.
Montpelier Tomorrow is about a mid-life mom who would do anything to protect her children from harm. Here are some advance reviews for the novel.
An affecting, deeply honest novel; at the same time, a lacerating indictment of our modern health care system.—Kirkus Reviews
A heartrending story of love, loss and the endurance of the human spirit.—Literary Fiction Book Review
An engaging and heartfelt novel about the intricate relationships among family dealing with disease and disability. Characters are vivid, relatable, and all too imperfectly human. An emotional read.
—Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Douglass’ Women and Ninth Ward
Each time I have reread this fine novel, I have felt rewarded by the connection it offers to the central character, Colleen. She is that kind of character for which the large scale of the novel is made: her external and internal dilemmas have many dimensions; her relationships with other characters are shaped by complex past and present plot tensions; her viewpoint is transformative, that is, it presents the world as she alone perceives it. I can think of no single page in which her voice is not an irreplaceable gift to the reader.
—Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Fifth Station, Little Peg, and Hyssop
In her novel Montpelier Tomorrow, Marylee MacDonald illuminates a seemingly dark, hopeless story with light, humor, and compassion. In the aftermath of her son-in-law's devastating diagnosis, Colleen Gallagher becomes increasingly driven to save her daughter and grandchildren even as she struggles to forge a life of her own. Montpelier Tomorrow is at once an engrossing account of the impossible choices faced by caregivers in the United States and a moving portrait of one close-knit, memorable family.
—Katherine Shonk, author of The Red Passport and Happy Now?