Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

Suzanne Strempek Shea / Jan 17, 2020

Lily of the Valley Lily Wilk always knew she was destined to be an artist ever since she pulled a drawing kit from a grab bag on her tenth birthday Now Lily s work is always in demand around her small Massachusetts town

  • Title: Lily of the Valley
  • Author: Suzanne Strempek Shea
  • ISBN: 9780671027117
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lily Wilk always knew she was destined to be an artist ever since she pulled a drawing kit from a grab bag on her tenth birthday Now Lily s work is always in demand around her small Massachusetts town, where she makes her living painting fire hydrants, lettering diplomas, and applying Gulls and Buoys to restaurant bathroom doors But when supermarket heiress Mary ZLily Wilk always knew she was destined to be an artist ever since she pulled a drawing kit from a grab bag on her tenth birthday Now Lily s work is always in demand around her small Massachusetts town, where she makes her living painting fire hydrants, lettering diplomas, and applying Gulls and Buoys to restaurant bathroom doors But when supermarket heiress Mary Ziemba commissions her to paint a family portrait, Lily senses her lifelong dream of creating a memorable masterpiece is finally within her grasp What she discovers, however, is that dreams often take their own unexpected twistsd with each small and gentle brush stroke she applies to Mary Ziemba s painting, Lily learns than she ever imagined about the meaning of friendship, family, and love With a gift for creating fiction that is rich with an unusual sweetness USA Today and filled with wry humor, bestselling author Suzanne Strempek Shea delivers a poignant and unforgettable work of art in Lily of the Valley.

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      • Suzanne Strempek Shea

        Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola, published by Washington Square Press She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead lined Room Notes High and Low From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation Shelf Life Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore and Sundays in America A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith, all published by Beacon Press.She co wrote 140 Years of Providential Care The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Shea, and with author historian Michele P Barker This is Paradise, a book about Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the African nation of Malawi, was published in April by PFP Publishing.Her sixth novel, Make a Wish But Not for Money, about a palm reader in a dead mall, will be published by PFP Publishing on Oct 5, 2014.Suzanne s essay Crafty Critters, about her lifelong love of knitting, a craft she learned in the Crafty Critters 4 H club of Palmer, Mass back in childhood, is included in the recently released anthology Knitting Yarns, Writers on Knitting, edited by Ann Hood.Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, which recognizes a literary body of work s contribution to the region, Suzanne began writing fiction in her spare time while working as reporter for the Springfield Massachusetts Newspapers and The Providence Rhode Island Journal.Her freelance journalism and fiction has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Yankee, The Bark, Golf World, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Organic Style and ESPN the Magazine She was a regular contributor to Obit magazine.Suzanne is a member of the faculty at the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing and is writer in residence and director of the creative writing program at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Mass She has taught in the MFA program at Emerson College and in the creative writing program at the University of South Florida She also has taught in Ireland, at the Curlew Writers Conferences in Howth and Dingle, and in Dingle via the Stonecoast Ireland residency.She lives in Bondsville, Mass with Tommy Shea, most recently the senior foreign editor at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and their dogs Tiny and Bisquick


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    1. I enjoy all of Shea's works, but if you're new to her, I recommend these three books in this order:Lily of the ValleyHoopi Shoopi DonnaSelling the Lite of HeavenThese are three different books with the common thread of being written about a Polish-American female protagonist in a strong Polish-American community. I recommend Lily first because it was Shea's third book and I felt by this one, her style of writing had much improved. In Hoopi Shoopi and especially Lite of Heaven, Shea had a way of [...]


    2. This one just wasn't for me.I got to page 107, and just couldn't stand it anymore. I usually finish a book no matter what, but every once in while I just need to spare myself the time. This was a real rambler. The author went off on lots of tangents about various folksy, unrealistic characters. I'm sure this book would be charming to most but it grated on my nerves. It was very unpretentious, I'll give it that. I picked it up initially because of the artist theme of the book, and it sounded like [...]


    3. I liked this book because I live in the area that it takes place. I recognized St. Anne's, route 20, Ware and other things.


    4. January, I've decided, is not a month for deep, heavy reading. I got a much-anticipated mystery for Christmas and found it slow going (though ultimately satisfying) and I began A Coffin for Dimitrios and have put it aside till February 1st. Instead, I'm picking up various works of lighter fiction and non-fiction -- mostly what's called "Domestic Fiction," with female protagonists. I'm also on a Library Fast in order to get some of my already-acquired books read. I'd picked up Suzanne Strempek Sh [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this novel. It’s not plot-heavy or suspenseful, but it’s well written and big hearted (like everything I’ve ready by Suzanne Strempek Shea). Lily Wilk isn’t exactly miserable, but she’s not what you’d call happy either. She’s 39 years old, her husband recently walked out on her (taking her stepson with him), and she’s pretty sure there are better ways to use her artistic talents (and her degree in fine art) than painting cutesy murals on restaurant walls and doin [...]


    6. This book surprised me. It started, and I didn't expect to like it. I have nothing in common with this woman. I'm not an artist, I've never been divorced, she's much older than me and grew up in a different era, I don't live in a small town. I didn't put it down, though, and I'm glad. I might not have those things in common with Lily, but her story still touches me in a place that I think must be common to everyone. Her story is ultimately about family. It's about love. I'm honestly not sure why [...]



    7. Suzanne Strempek Shea is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to bring to life people like you and me and share the important lessons they learn in their lives is quite amazing. This one, about woman in her 30's who has lost a husband and a beloved stepchild when the husbands decides to return to his first wife, follows her experience painting a picture for a woman in town whom she learns powerful lessons about the meaning of family. Beautiful writing, bits of laugh-out-loud humor - it's a tr [...]


    8. This book was better than I expected it to be. I did have a couple of complaints, though. I felt like the author purposely held back information in parts in order to create suspense or intrigue or something, but it ended up just making it confusing. I also felt like she did a little too much "and this is the moral of the story, kids" at the end, when the story itself got the point across quite well on it's own, so the summing up of it was a little annoying. But it was a fun story with fun charac [...]


    9. This gentle, easy read was rewarding enough to merit 4 stars, but only just. I like books about artists and their view of the world -especially related to their projects and talents. Choosing this book after reading a friend's review was easy! The narrator-artist tells cute stories of her vocation, arrived at by age 10, with the highs and lows of being an artist in a relatively small town. Her relationships with friends and family felt honest and real, not dressed up in over-glorified, fictional [...]


    10. This was a tedious read for me. It just kept going, on and on, into more depressing territory. I was determined to finish it, but other than the small triumph of having finished it, I don't think I got anything else out of it.


    11. A favorite book. Favorite characters, favorite parts, favorite lines. -- 'I want to have them captured whenever things were the finest for them. Before life took from them what it was they truly needed, or gave them things they could have done without.'


    12. This one surprised me. I had a hard time getting into it, but by the end of the book I was fairly engaged with the characters, especially Lily. Can't say it is a "must read" but definitely not a waste of time. Decent for a random grab by my 3 year old.






    13. Love this author - she writes about living in a small town growing up Polish-American. Great characters in the story. Fluffy but fun reading.


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