Jody Rogers thought she was taking charge of her life, so why does it feel like everything is spinning out of control? In the space of twenty-four hours, Jody has quit her dead-end job, dumped her two-timing boyfriend, and set out to jump-start her stalled twenty something existence. Unfortunately, both jobs and men are scarce in the small seaside town of Bent Harbour, so Jody quickly finds herself single, homeless, and unemployed - just in time for her ten-year high school reunion! Nobody seems to know what Jody should do with her life. Not her hook up-happy best friend. Not her psycho not-so-secret admirer. Not her amiable pothead brother. Not even her loving - but - unsupportive parents, who have already turned her childhood bedroom into a cosy arts-and-crafts studio. And least of all, Jody herself. With no prospects, romantic or otherwise, on the horizon, can she manage to turn her life around before she goes completely out of her mind?
Wendy French, author of "sMothering," was raised in Vancouver, Canada, where her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career by providing a happy and stable childhood. In an effort to overcome her unfortunate beginnings, she sought artistic torment at the University of Victoria, but despair eluded her. Although she earned a B.A. in Writing and English in 1994, she didn't suffer for a moment. Hoping for worse luck, she moved to Portland, Oregon, with her husband, but happiness continued to stalk her, day and night. Finally, she conceded defeat, abandoned her quest for misery, and began writing humorous women's fiction. "Going Coastal" is her second novel.