A novel for anyone who’s ever had to risk
it all to be the person they wanted to be…
From the critically acclaimed authors of Literacy and Longing in L.A. comes the ultimate story for late bloomers of every exotic shade. And a quirky young heroine with a knack for reinvention and a flair for the unexpected no reader will ever forget.
Thirty, newly single, and desperately in need of a paycheck, inveterate bird-watcher Cassie Shaw finds herself doing something that goes against all her principles. She lies on a résumé to land a job and finds herself employed at an elite university working for a pair of professors as unique as the rare birds she covets. One of them is the sexy, handsome, cheerfully aristocratic expert in animal behavior, Professor William Conner. Under his charismatic tutelage, Cassie begins her personal transformation into the person she was meant to be while meeting the kinds of people she has never met before. But when your entire future and your unlikely new career teeters on an unbearable untruth, the masquerade can’t go on forever. And when Cassie steps out from behind her mask it will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.
About the Author
Jennifer Kaufman was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and is a two-time winner of the national Penny-Missouri Journalism Award. She lives in Los Angeles.
Karen Mack, a former attorney, is a Golden Globe award-winning film and television producer. Jennifer Kaufman is a former staff writer for the "Los Angeles Times" and a two-time winner of the national Penney-Missouri Journalism Award. They both reside in Los Angeles and this is their third novel. Their first novel, "Literacy and Longing in L.A." was on the "Los Angeles Times" bestseller list for 15 weeks reaching #1 and won the Best Fiction Award from the Southern California Bookseller's Association. Their second novel, "A Version of the Truth", was also on the "L.A. Times "bestseller list.
“It’s The Devil Wears Prada meets Walden Pond.” —Nature
“An engaging story about a young woman transforming herself into the kind of person she’s always wanted to be...a thoughtful version of the girl-done-good tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Delightfully merging humor, philosophy and reflections on nature, this novel is a lot of fun.... winsome.”—Publishers Weekly
“Sweet.” —USA Today