Wendy Cebula (WendyCinNYC on QT) has signed with agent Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Company.
Perfect, type-A Amanda Adams strives to be everything her own mother was not: a faithful wife, a mentally stable mother, and, perhaps most importantly, a social success.
Those efforts appear to be paying off. Her tasteful Upper East Side apartment, her corporate lawyer husband, and a child enrolled in an elite private school are evidence she's shaking off her unhappy middle class upbringing in suburban Chicago and gaining acceptance in New York .
When her twelve-year-old daughter posts a drunken internet striptease to impress a boy, the façade Amanda has worked so hard to build begins to implode. "Unchaste at Chatsworth School !" the gossip columns and blogs declare. Expulsion follows, leaving Amanda wondering if she's overcompensated in her quest to be nothing like her mother.
Now, her once straight-A daughter is more difficult than ever, her husband of fifteen years is cheating, and Amanda's trying her best to hold the family together. The last thing she needs is to be forced to move back to Chicago with her unreliable mother who doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks. But maybe each woman has something to learn from the other.
In the style of THE TEN YEAR NAP by Meg Wolitzer and LITTLE CHILDREN by Tom Perotta, UP FROM DROWNING explores the mother / daughter dynamic and idea of accepting the imperfections of the people we love.
My short stories have been published in Literary Mama and Boston Literary Magazine. A chapter from UP FROM DROWNING was adapted into a short story and was a finalist in Glimmer Train's 2007 Short Story Award for New Writers. The story was also recently nominated for this year's Best of the Net anthology. I graduated from the University of Missouri 's English and creative writing program in 1993 and attended the Southampton Writer's Conference in Southampton, New York .
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