It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son's college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist's unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing and with his final note, something within her breaks loose. After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life: an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband. But she can't stop thinking about the music, or about the duo's guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ's world upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn t know she had. Captivating and provocative, Céline Keating's Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.
In Leanna Lehman's Vote for Remi, fiery US government teacher Remi Covington is relentless in her desire to impart the genius of the democratic process to her students. Her so-called academically challenged high school seniors sometimes find her enthusiasm more than a little annoying so, in an effort to teach her a lesson, they execute a brazen, high-tech, social media blitz touting her as the newest candidate in the upcoming US presidential race. Much to everyone's surprise, Remi plays along with her students ruse and, in a nation weary of politics and career politicians, she unexpectedly finds herself the darling of the American public. As the campaign takes on a life of its own, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural cliches, and realizes she isn't quite the woman she thought was. Vote for Remi is about a would-be a presidential candidate who, despite being all wrong--the wrong gender, the wrong party, and certainly the wrong social status--discovers that she might be exactly what America needs: someone with a passion for doing what is right.
In Kamy Wicoff's Wishful Thinking, Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn't have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn't have a boss. But when, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer's phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her be in more than one place at the same time. With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can't answer. Wishful Thinking is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges and appreciate the joys of living life in real time.