Overview

Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison is in a serious slump. Although she once won leading roles, Cecilia now can't bring herself to audition for parts. She finally—reluctantly— seeks therapy, hoping it will make a difference . . . but in the end a runaway teenager who cons her out of sixty bucks, not therapy, is what changes her life.

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Warming Up: A Novel

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Overview

Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison is in a serious slump. Although she once won leading roles, Cecilia now can't bring herself to audition for parts. She finally—reluctantly— seeks therapy, hoping it will make a difference . . . but in the end a runaway teenager who cons her out of sixty bucks, not therapy, is what changes her life.

Whether at the apex of one’s success or just starting out, Warming Up speaks to anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s all about—or who finds themselves doing something they never thought they’d do.

Warming Up was a short list finalist for the 2011 William Faulkner -William Wisdom Prize for the Novel. Ten percent of the author’s proceeds are donated to The Night Ministry, which provides temporary housing, transitional living, and parenting services to Chicago’s homeless youth.
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Editorial Reviews

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 “ Reed’s charming novel stars a neurotic singer with mother issues who has been

avoiding auditions and attending frustrating therapy sessions instead. When Cecilia

meets a homeless boy on the streets, however, her life takes a risky new direction. A

well-written, endearing book that surprises . . . ”

Kirkus Reviews

 “ Reed engages the reader from page to page toward a satisfyingly cozy niche for all of

her characters, never losing sight of the significant subtext: warm is as warm does.”

—Barbara Scott, founder of A Woman’s Write

 “ To read Warming Up  is to enter a story that keeps you eager to know what evercompelling

twist is just beyond the next page.”

— Lucia Blinn, author of We Called It “The Country”

 “ Only an ingenious writer gifted with imagination, heart, and courage could bring

together the characters in this book, with the result that the reader cannot turn

pages fast enough to be rewarded with basic truth—that caring for someone else

and accepting yourself, even when your own life is forcing harsh truths on you, can

break the bonds of fear and allow love to thrive.”

—Enid Powe ll, author of To Tell You The Truth and Other Fictions

“  As in her first novel, Courting Kathleen Hannigan,  Reed draws you into a compelling

story and immerses you in a fulfilling and heart-warming experience.”

—Marjie Rynears on, author of Gentle Vignettes and Elements of Story Structure

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938314117
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 938,050
  • File size: 265 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Hutchings Reed has always wanted to be a writer, and remembers fondly a toy printing press with handset type on which she wrote her first poem. Now a novelist and playwright, in addition to practicing advertising, entertainment, and media law with Winston & Strawn, Chicago, her fiction has appeared in ARS Medica, The Ligourian, and The Tampa Review. Warming Up is her seventh novel and the second to find its way to print. Her first, Courting Kathleen Hannigan, was published in 2007, and her musical, Fairways, has been produced three times in the Chicago area, including its 2006 premiere at Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois.
Mary lives with her husband, Bill, in Chicago, where she was named “2012 Lawyer of the Year” in Advertising Law by Best Lawyers. She is a graduate of Brown University with a combined bachelor’s degree in public policy making and a master’s degree in economics. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is represented by April Eberhardt of April Eberhardt Literary of San Francisco.
Mary is pleased to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Warming Up to The Night Ministry, which serves the homeless in Chicago, an organization she strongly supports. Visit Mary at maryhutchingsreed.com.

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