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"Kathleen Rodgers's THE FLYING CUTTERBUCKS, pitched as a serving of "Fried Green Tomatoes" set against the backdrop of presidential elections for the #MeToo and #ShePersists generation; centering on a Gold Star family of a fighter pilot MIA in Vietnam and the women he left behind; exposing the collateral damage - of war, rape, racism toward Latinos, elections, patriarchies, and false patriotism - while supplying the satisfaction of action, resistance, and a strong female cast's fight against oppression, to Nancy Cleary at Wyatt-MacKenzie for publication in summer 2020, by Diane Nine of Nine Speakers Agency (world).
“Not many novelists have the courage to place today’s political maelstrom into the center of the lives of her characters, but Kathleen Rodgers has done just that in The Flying Cutterbucks. When the history of this time is written, Rodgers will be one of those novelists who wasn’t afraid to talk about what the late 2010s was really like. She tells her story with warmth, compassion, and a clear vision that satisfies John Gardner’s call for today’s writers to write ‘moral fiction.’”
–Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
“In a world that’s been turned upside down following the 2016 presidential election, the women of The Flying
Cutterbucks pull together through the uncertainty, trying to find hope for the future.”
— Michael Cole, “Pete Cochran” on The Mod Squad, and author of I Played the White Guy
"When national politics triggers a buried family secret, the Cutterbuck women do what they do best, persevere. Their story is the story of a resilient American family, fragile in its unmitigated loss, triumphant in the ties that bind. With a page-turning narrative and an authentic sense of place, The Flying Cutterbucks will make you laugh and cry, while never forgetting the voices of Jewel, Aunt Star, Trudy, and Georgia."
–Johnnie Bernhard, author of Sisters of the Undertow
“Rodgers skillfully spins a poignant and necessary story about grief, buried memories, and the struggle to come to terms with the past. With sensitivity and an insider’s awareness, Rodgers honors the resiliency of military wives and children. Moving and deeply affecting, The Flying Cutterbucks will make you cry, laugh, and salute the courage and strength of women. Rodgers’ remarkable Cutterbuck family will stay in your heart long after you finish the last page.”
–Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise
Kathleen M. Rodgers’ book, The Flying Cutterbucks, is a rousing, timely novel of hope and solidarity among women in a family wounded by the tragedy of war and the trauma of sexual assault. Their resilience gives testament to the power of forgiveness, and the heroism among sisters.
–Kathleen Kent, author of The Burn
“With a cast of strong women characters--mother, daughters, sisters, friends--this novel about truth-telling is set in a small town in New Mexico after Donald Trump is elected. It's the perfect backdrop to this exploration of ending the silence and secrets women keep.”
–Jill Swenson, retired journalism professor
Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States, released Johnnie Come Lately and Seven Wings to Glory in early 2018. Libraries across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are carrying the novels.
Both books are also available at most online retailers, including Amazon, B&N, Target, Walmart, and independent booksellers through Indie Bound.
“Johnnie Come Lately evokes the pathos of family life—secrets, betrayals, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and just enough love and forgiveness to make it all worth it. Kathleen M. Rodgers treats her haunted characters with keen insight and empathy, offering them the second, third, fourth chances that all of us flawed human beings need.”
Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone and The Confusion of Languages
“The Kitchen family could be any wholesome All-American family, and like any family, they have secrets. In Johnnie Come Lately, Kathleen Rodgers brings to life an extended family that could be yours or mine. Their secrets will draw you into this book, and Rodgers' characters -- from Johnnie Kitchen to her lovable chocolate lab, Brother Dog -- will jump off the page, grab your heart, and won’t let it go until the very end.”
Terri Barnes, author of Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life and a former columnist for Stars and Stripes
The audio edition of Johnnie Come Lately is narrated by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actress Leslie Ellis.
“Seven Wings to Glory humorously captures the gamut of emotions common to military families dealing with deployments, homecomings, and the struggle to make everyday living as routine as their civilian counterparts. Kathleen M. Rodgers, herself a military wife and mom, expertly characterizes the soaring pride and gripping fear of life in the military. Set against a backdrop of racial discord, Seven Wings to Glory will make its mark on readers, ensuring they never forget that as long as one of us is denied freedom there can be no true freedom for the rest of us.”
—Karen Spears Zacharias, Gold Star daughter and author of After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War. She's also penned several other books, including the novels Mother of Rain, Burdy, and Christian Bend.
“I adore the flawed, imperfect, deeply loving, and tough-as-nails Kitchen family: I would read a hundred books about them, and I will read anything Kathleen M. Rodgers writes.”
—Andria Williams, author of The Longest Night and founder of Military Spouse Book Review