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Darkly funny debut novel navigates a "New Normal"

Michelle Paris … who at age 42 was suddenly widowed. It wasn’t just the waves of grief -- but dating apps! compressive underwear to look good! A new pet! It all shows up in her darkly funny novel New Normal. Credit: Provided by the author
Michelle Paris … who at age 42 was suddenly widowed. It wasn’t just the waves of grief -- but dating apps! compressive underwear to look good! A new pet! It all shows up in her darkly funny novel New Normal. Credit: Provided by the author

At age 42, Michelle Paris was plunged into a role she’d never imagined: she became a widow. The grief and disorientation knocked her for a loop, but she found a path forward and now has written a darkly funny novel about a widow much like her. We talk with her about her debut novel, New Normal.

Links: Speaking event 5.6.23 at Ellicott City Barnes and Noble.

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