Under the guise of mentor and muse, a frustrated writer and her ambitious teenage protégé take an illicit summer road trip fraught with racial and sexual tension. This is a compelling psychological novel about social norms, artistic ambition, and obsession.
Maggie Barnett works in the media center of a school in Flint, Michigan where she meets Taezha Riverton, an aspiring teenage writer. After discovering that Maggie is also a writer, Taezha turns to her as both mentor and friend.
Alone and childless, it's not enough for Maggie to take Tae to restaurants and poetry slams. Although Tae’s mother has nothing against Maggie, she is less than thrilled when Maggie proposes to take her daughter on a summer road trip. Permission is never explicitly granted, but shortly after school is out for the summer, Maggie and Tae head for the Southeast.
Using a mix of formats, including journaling, and inner dialog, the cross-country trip turns into a series of discoveries, internal and external, for both writers. There is a mix of POVs also, that keeps things fresh. While the action is not elaborate it is well played, the scenes are skillfully set and amply described. The characters are developed quite nicely also. This book has a lot to offer.
I really enjoyed this book on more than one level. It is an excellent story.
I give A Mentor and Her Muse a score of 4.8 stars! The score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
I am very happy to announce Susan is working on another book at this time. A story about a lost dog and the UPS man that organizes the search, a working title: “Ringo Tales”.
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Tags: women’s fiction, literary fiction, teaching, traveling, journey, road trip