Amy Tucker Carroll (abcwritedesign on QT) has signed with agent Jess Dallow of Brower Literary & Management.
I recently attended a pitch conference in New York and was asked to submit my manuscript to an editor who came to hear our pitches. I am in search of representation before reaching out to the editor.
Charming Julia is a 90,000-word work of commercial women's fiction about the ill-fated friendship between Julia Marsh and Addie Carlson. Told in alternating chapters, Julia and Addie recount their story for Brooke, the daughter Julia gave birth to and Addie raised. Their two voices recall their personal, often divergent, memories of the same events. The book is comparable in style to Tess Callahan's April and Oliver and in subject to Julie Buntin's Marlena.
In the mid-1980s, a teenage Julia and her oft-divorced mother move to the bucolic New England town where Addie has always lived. After becoming fast friends, the girls move to New York post-graduation to start a life of adventure away from Julia's volatile mother and Addie's controlling parents. But Julia can't get her manipulative mother out of her head and soon begins a quest to ensnare Addie's successful older brother into a relationship. Outraged that Julia has schemed to trap her brother, Addie feels powerless to end their toxic friendship despite her growing animosity.
Once Brooke is born, Julia finds herself living with her husband and her mother who despise each other. With both a colicky baby and limited space in the home, tensions soar. During one of their most aggressive arguments, Julia's enraged mother strikes Julia's husband, killing him on impact. Fearing she will repeat her mother's mistakes, Julia leaves her baby in Addie's care and disappears. Addie returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up to raise Brooke as her own child, never revealing to the little girl their true relationship.
Fifteen years later, a teenage Brooke stumbles upon the secret Addie has been hiding and begins acting out in dangerous ways. Desperate to help her daughter, Addie goes in search of Julia in hopes of healing the one person both women love unconditionally.