Oradell Greengold, the brassy narrator of Meredith Sue Willis' Oradell at Sea, spends her days and her deceased husband's fortune cruising on first-class luxury liners where young Greek deckhands wait on her hand and foot-rub. Oradell is a modern-day Mae West who unapologetically enjoys her wealth, yet still has a soft spot for her mine organizer first love. Novelist Meredith Sue Willis charts the psychological course of this elderly woman facing the end of her life with unfinished business. An entertaining, fast-paced book, it pulls the reader in as Oradell is quickly established as a likable, if all too human, character ("although she did not consider herself particularly good, she did consider herself lucky"). The novel also personifies issues of class and may serve to bring an understanding of Appalachian economic issues to a wider audience
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About the Author
Meredith Sue Willis was born and raised in West Virginia and received most of her education in the town of Shinnston. After she spent two years at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, she spent some time as a Volunteer in Service to America in Norfolk, Virginia. After this time, she attended and graduated from Barnard College in New York City. A few years later she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. Willis has received many awards and recognition for her writing, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Literary Award from the West Virginia Library Association. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. For more information about Meredith Sue Willis visit her web site at: http://www.meredithsuewillis.com.