Painted Wings: A Summer of Discovery (Paperback)

By Timothy Imhoff

Annie Curtis is a thirty-eight year old university instructor from Madison, Wisconsin. Her husband of twelve years has an affair with one of his graduate students. Annie is devastated by this life-changing event, but begins to put the pieces of her life back together. She has some funny dating experiences. Her best friend helps Annie with a make-over of her nerdy, professor image. With Monica’s encouragement, Annie embarks on a summer road trip to New England. She makes a vow to be open to new experiences and people. A short time into her trip, she sends Monica an email. Here is an excerpt. “I am not sure how to describe this next part. I met someone a few days ago, and we have sort of clicked. I haven’t had so much fun in a long time. I even rode a motorcycle! You told me to look for adventure and find some passion. I think I have succeeded. And Monica, her name is Katie. Surprise!” Katie Martin is a single woman from New Hampshire, who has experienced a significant loss in her life. She is the owner of a storefront business in downtown Portsmouth that is both a bookstore and colorful cafĂ©. Annie and Katie’s lives intersect in this eclectic establishment. Their story explores the universal human themes of responding to loss and change, and awakening friendship, romance and passion. Annie and Katie share their summer of discovery with some endearing friends and neighbors. Together, they experience the challenges of prejudice and stereotypes, and the beauty that can be found in differences.