Hope Andersen is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A) and Yale Divinity School (M.A.R.). She began writing novels in 2015, at the age of 60. Her debut novel The Book Sisters was released in November 2017. A subsequent novel When the Moon Winks (Warren Publishing) was released in May 2019. She has published both stories and poems, and her poetry chapbook Taking in Air was released in November 2019 (Kelsay Books). Since 2015, she has been commissioned to adapt two books into feature-length screenplays (Tick Tock and Private Battles).
In her early career, she was awarded the Wellesley College Playwriting Award for her one-act play Room, later produced at the Lyric Stage, Boston. Ms. Andersen served as a teaching assistant for George Garrett at the Stone Coast Writer’s Conference in Maine. She has worked intermittently over the years as a newspaper critic, a ghostwriter, an editor, a teacher, and a screenwriter. A native New Englander, she now lives in North Carolina with her husband Thom. They have three grown children, two dogs and a cat.
The six Book sisters grow up in America between the 1960s and the present day. In this literary novel, the author explores how each girl is shaped by the events unfolding around her and takes on a particular role in society. Kirkus Reviews calls the novel “…a succinct chronicle of American womanhood in the second half of the 20th century. A beautifully composed novel of individuality within sisterhood.”
The poems in this collection are rooted in a reverence for Nature and in meditation and prayer. Covering the span of the poet’s life, they demonstrate her spiritual transformation. Poet Anthony S. Abbott says of this collection “…the sense of mystery is everywhere in these poems… We read the poems wondering if perhaps we too might not undergo that change which allows us to discover our own deeper selves.”
When her husband of 30 years leaves her for a younger woman, Helen Ferry must find a way to deal with the emptiness left behind. At first, she sets out to reclaim her old life; instead, given wise advice, she begins a journey towards a newer, brighter version of herself.