Girls With Hammersby Cynn Chadwick
Girls with Hammers," the truck proudly proclaims--the sign of Lily's carpentry business, which ran smoothly for years until her longtime friend and coworker departed. With that loss, Lily is spinning out of control, according to live-in lover Hannah, a psychotherapist who then moves out after "a lifetime" with Lily to get a different perspective on things. When Lily's dad suddenly dies, she is faced not only with additional loss but also with the burden of taking over his construction business. Since his workers don't want to report to "a girl," she resorts to women who may have held a hammer (sometimes she wonders) and Arlo, a lanky holdover from her father's days. Will she manage to maintain her own business, run the family enterprise (against her will and better judgment), placate family members who insist she give the latter priority, and, by the way, reconcile with Hannah, who wants a baby to add to this confusing mix, which unexpectedly includes a man? A sweetly sad and funny tale that transcends its soapy components. Whitney Scott
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Cynn Chadwick was born and raised in New Jersey but has lived in the South for over twenty five years. She is the author of the newly released novella, That's Karma, Baby..., and novels: Angels & Manners, As The Table Turns, The Cat Rising Series: Cat Rising, Girls With Hammers, and Babies, Bikes, & Broads, as well as the upcoming Cutting Loose, #4 in the Cat Rising Series (2015).
Chadwick's novels have garnered Lambda, Stonewall, and Golden Crown Literary Award nominations.
Earning both an MA in literature and an MFA in fiction from Goddard College in Vermont, Chadwick is currently a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she teaches in the Literature and Language Department, and the creative writing and masters programs.
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Everyone should have a best friend. That friend should be loyal, always in your corner, funny, stubborn, and honest. A best friend should admire you and always give you the advice you need to hear. Lily Cameron is all those things, funny, stubborn, very loyal to her best friend who is in Scotland, faithful to her partner and lover who is in Europe, and so she has to handle some life-changing events alone. She lives in a small community in North Carolina, whose inhabitants are quirky, endearing, and very real. Lily has to put her own business, Girls With Hammers, on hold to run her father¿s after his sudden death. She finds a new best friend in her recently widowed mother, and she finds that loyalty, stubbornness, and a sense of humor are pretty good tools to have. This novel is very funny and touching, and the writer evokes the Carolina hills and the characters of this imaginary small town with such deft strokes that the reader will almost see and hear them. Enter the sexy and mysterious stranger Arlo. Lily finds herself strangely drawn to him while she fights her loneliness. Strange occurrences lead everyone to suspect Arlo, and even Lily has cause to doubt her judgment of him. Would anyone fault her if she gave in to the attraction Lily feels for him? Her lover leaves her for an extended stay in Europe after an argument, her best friend is in Scotland for a year, her father has died, her business is in a shambles and she is about to see her father¿s construction go under, and she has to fight all these battles alone. Lily does so with humor, crankiness, with fits and starts, with remarkable resilience. Cynn Chadwick achieves a smooth, seamless style that leaves the reader wondering whether it is right to laugh out loud under such somber circumstances. This is a charming, funny, lovely book that will leave everyone wishing that Lily Cameron could be her best friend.