Waucoma Bookstore is hosting Seattle author Jennie Shortridge for an author reading on Thursday, June 24, at Naked Winery (102 Second St., Hood River).
Shortridge will be reading her book "When She Flew."
"When She Flew," Shortridge's fourth novel, is the fictionalization of true events, and after much research, she let her imagination run wild to create this evocative story of an Iraq war vet raising his daughter in the wild and the single mom/policewoman who breaks all the rules when ordered to separate them, risking everything to help them escape.
This story explores the issues of raising children in today's world, living within the system as opposed to rejecting it, the toll of war on families, and introduces a young heroine raised in the forest who thrives through the worst of circumstances.
Police officer Jessica Villareal has always played by the book and tried to do the right thing: She's worked hard at her job and even harder at her family. Despite all that, she finds herself approaching midlife divorced, estranged from her daughter, alone... and completely unhappy.
And she's wondering if she ever made a right choice in her life.
But then Jess discovers an Iraq vet and his young daughter living off the radar in the Oregon woods, avoiding the comforts—and curses—of modern life. Her colleagues on the force are determined to uproot and separate Lindy and her father, but Jess knows the damage of losing those you love, and believes the pair is safer and happier together.
Jess recognizes her chance to make a difference by doing something she's never dared. Because even though she's used to playing by the rules, there are times when they need to be broken...
Shortridge has three published novels: 'Riding with the Queen," (2003), "Eating Heaven" (2005), and "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe" (2008). Prior to writing novels, her nonfiction work appeared regularly in magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, Mademoiselle, Natural Home, and others.
The Seattle writer has been called "an accomplished and superior novelist" by the Statesmen Journal and "a writer to watch out for," by the Rocky Mountain News.