Thursday, May 17, 2012
Synopsis of Allison's Debut Novel
She’s sixteen. She’s pregnant. Her mother is the governor.
White Trash in the Snow takes readers into the lives of an imaginary family that they think they already know. Written with humor, sensitivity and irreverence, this roman a clef is my debut novel introducing the readers to the Saplin family – Rachael and Tadd and their children Field, Cristol, Maple and Pride – and their almost-in-laws Wrangler Strauss, his mother Jerrie, father Kevin, and sister Porsche.
This novel is a fun and poignant romp; a coming-of-age story set in a small town- a blue collar town. It is a work of fiction in which the characters face an unplanned teenage pregnancy. Everyone knows some family that has dealt with that situation and any similarity to real persons is purely coincidence.
In a cold, sparsely populated state, newly-elected Governor Rachael Saplin dreams of political stardom. It is 2007 and the upcoming national election is shaping up to be the year of the woman. In spite of near-obscurity, the charming, polarizing mother of four believes destiny is at work to put her in power in Washington. As the nation begins to hone the list of potential candidates for President of the United States, the Governor and her husband become ambitiously overbooked; they travel extensively throughout a geographically enormous state and increasingly travel “outside.” Parenting from a distance, they are oblivious to most of their teenagers' activities.
Sixteen year old Cristol Saplin plunges into a summer of fun and reckless behaviors. In the fall, Cristol tells her parents she is pregnant. She is pulled out of school with “a bad case of mono” and is sent her to live with an aunt. Things get more complicated when the baby is born prematurely and with disabilities.
Rachael Saplin will not let a "family problem" derail her; the steps she takes are shocking, even to her family.
I want to thank people for words of encouragement. This is exciting for me, but it isn’t all I’m going to do from now on. I do intend to write posts as often as I can, but I will reserve Fridays for a chapter by chapter release of White Trash in the Snow. If you grew up in the north, you know the delight of waking up and having mom say “it’s a snow day.” No school! A freebie day to spend with friends. With this book, I hope to bring you that kind of childlike delight. It’s not heavy. It doesn’t try to prove anything. It’s fun. Will I be able to pull that off? You’ll have to let me know.
Chapter One to be posted Friday May 18, 2012.