A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish | Unsolicited Press June 2018
When Lavinia Starkhurst’s husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-acceptance and something to give her new life meaning.
Anne Leigh Parrish’s, The Amendment, is a beautifully written story about a new widow’s struggle to wrap her mind around her husband’s death by setting off on a cross-country journey in search of she knows not what. Parrish’s prose is eloquent yet crisp, moving the story along quickly. The Amendment is at times funny, quirky and endearingly touching. A delightful must-read, sure to take its place among today’s top literary fiction! —Michelle Cox, author of The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series
The Amendment is a nuanced, witty and insightful exploration of the fetters of family and community that prove impossible to escape. Anne Leigh Parrish is a smart, savvy writer with a gift for exploring landscapes of both geography and emotion. Once again, she has produced a work of considerable charm and poignancy. —Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day
Anne Leigh Parrish explores complicated issues-love, gender, desire-in The Amendment, with an engaging style that is both direct and wryly humorous. I loved going on this road trip with a wonderfully flawed heroine who finds herself capable of real love and real change.—Martha Conway, author of The Underground River
In this novel about an emotionally stunted widow, Parrish (Women Within, 2017, etc.) offers a quiet, fractured study of mourning. Readers will almost feel the wind in the protagonist’s hair as she sets off for adventure. A meandering tale, made enjoyable by the author’s rich renderings of characters and their quirks.—Kirkus Reviews