Catherine Marshall Smith - American Family (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

In American Family, Richard and Michael are celebrating their three years of sobriety by moving in to Michael’s bungalow in Manhattan Beach, California. While Michael is at work, Richard impulsively makes a phone call to his ten year old daughter who is in the custody of her mom’s parents in Oregon. Richard knows he should have discussed this with Michael but they did talk about connecting with Brady when the time was right. They just hadn’t identified when that time would be. Richard, on this day, at this hour, with boxes of his belongings in chaos around him, decided now was the right time.

In making this phone call he starts the juggernaut of family law that threatens to destroy all that is good in his life.

Things get worse as the couple learns that both Brady and her grandparents, who have been her parents for five years since her mother’s death, are fundamentalist Christians.

Both parties lawyer up only to find that the lawyers have their own agendas that supersede the needs of this family.

Events move smoothly in court for Richard and Michael until the possibility of Brady’s witnessing a questionable sexual situation is suggested and magnified by the grandparents’ attorney. Brady is whisked back to Oregon and the men have to decide how much they are willing to endure to get her back.

Catherine Marshall-Smith lives and teaches English and Social Studies to middle school students in the heart of the Silicon Valley. She is married and has three adult children, two grand dogs and one dachshund who has nothing wrong with his nose. American Family is her first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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ISBN: 9781631521638
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Published: She Writes Press - June 13th, 2017

Richard and Michael, both three years sober, have just decided to celebrate their love by moving in together when Richard--driven by the desire to do the right thing for his ten-year-old-daughter, Brady, whom he has never met--impulsively calls his former father-in-law to connect with her.