Missing Mr. Wingfield
In this “quixotic and engaging literary tale” (BlueInk Review), E. Christopher Clark “interweaves strong portraits of a mother and daughter for an eye-opening look at the universality of regret” (Foreword Reviews) with “many pleasantly comedic gems for readers to uncover along the way” (Kirkus Reviews).
When a piano falls from the sky above her, Veronica Silver takes cover in a subway station. But the lone figure that she finds there is a far more frightening force than what she’s just escaped: he’s a salesman. And what he’s pitching are memories. Pretty pictures of Veronica’s past reframed by the salesman’s haunting question: “What if?”
Pregnant at sixteen, but secretly in love with the girl driving her to the clinic to “make things right,” conflicted Veronica decided to keep her baby. But now, eight years later, trapped in a loveless marriage to the father of her child, she questions every choice she’s ever made. Would life be better if she finally came out to her homophobic dad, if she finally left her emotionally manipulative husband and moved in with the love of her life instead?
Maybe, she thinks. But is “better” for Veronica necessarily better for her daughter Tracy? Or will Tracy be forced to wrestle with the fallout of Veronica’s actions?