Trisha Causley (rumplestiltskin on QT) has signed with agent Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
Even with her anxiety disorder mostly under control, Katya Baranski is still not good at a lot of things: crowds, public-speaking, any form of dancing. What she is good at, much to the apparent surprise of everyone around her, is being a mother. But when her anxiety resurfaces in the guise of "paranoid delusions" (her therapist's words, not hers) about her husband's infidelity, Katya starts to suspect her condition is rooted in her genes---genes she might pass along to her infant daughter.
Now Katya needs to track down the woman that abandoned her at birth thirty-four years ago. Based on the grim portrait painted by the delivery nurse that later adopted her, she's always been grateful that the drugged-out teenager stumbled away that night from the hospital empty-handed.
Though normally reluctant to even ride the subway, Katya embarks on a journey to the Canadian Arctic in search of her biological family and the key to her own disorder. Her appearance in the remote community exposes long-held secrets about her birth and adoption, including a mysterious twin sister---a better version of herself that she never knew existed. When these revelations threaten to put her adoptive family at risk, Katya has to overcome both her feelings of betrayal and her own anxieties to save them from harm.
THE SUM OF HER PARTS is a work of literary women's fiction, complete at 85 000 words. [I might put something personalized here if I had read something about the agent's specific interests or client list.]
An excerpt of this book was a finalist for the Random House Canada 2010 student writing award. My fiction has appeared in Storyteller magazine, and my non-fiction in the Globe and Mail, Canada's leading national newspaper. I am also a regular feature contributor to a monthly publication by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).
I have included the first five pages for your consideration.