Presenting Ellen Meister: Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA

When I told my friend Syd that I'd been asked to serve as president of the PTA at my kids' elementary school, she responded with a single word: "Run!"

Rather than go into the gory details of that experience, allow me to direct your attention to Ellen Meister's debut novel, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA, now available in trade paperback. When the book came out in hardcover last year, the buzz fairy was definitely in the house.

"Meister's debut novel is heartbreakingly funny, her characters facing life's dramas and disappointments head on with wit and spunk." ~ Library Journal (starred review)

"Ellen Meister has written a beautiful book about love, life and friendship that you are sure to never forget." ~ Fresh Fiction

"With sexy characters, sharp dialogue, and snappy pacing, Meister's sassy, saucy debut novel could well turn into a movie of its own." ~ Booklist

"Comical yet poignant." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"George Clooney should be proud." ~ Mark Ebner, author of Hollywood Interrupted

Wait a second...George Clooney? PR explains it better than I can:

When a Hollywood location scout comes to Applewood, Long Island, and announces that the local elementary school might make the perfect backdrop for an upcoming George Clooney movie, the PTA's decorum crumbles like a cookie from last week's bake sale.

Enter Maddie, Ruth, and Lisa, three women who become the glue that holds the project together, forging a bond of friendship stronger than anyone could imagine. And not a moment too soon, as marriage woes, old flames, and scandalously embarrassing family members threaten to tear each of them apart. Is their powerful alliance strong enough to overcome the obstacles to getting the movie made in their town? And will their friendship be enough to mend their hearts and homes? Join them as they reach for the stars . . . and try to pull off a Hollywood ending of their own.

At once tender and hilarious, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA is a captivating story that turns suburbia upside down...with more humor, heartache, and heat than one PTA can hold.

Tune in tomorrow for a conversation with Long Island author, editor, and proud PTA mom Ellen Meister.


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