Rebecca Brewster Stevenson was guest host of #LitChat at 4 p.m. ET on September 19, 2016. Read the complete chatscript of her #LitChat session here.
In this exquisitely written narrative, Rebecca Brewster Stevenson explores questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and of the many shapes healing takes.
Maddie Brees has been given bad news: she is seriously ill. But she also has an old friend, an ex-boyfriend who might be able to heal her. She was witness to Vincent Elander’s so-called miracles in the past. But that was a long time ago, a memory that she would rather stay buried. Now she is happily married to Frank and the mother of their three young boys. The religion of her past is behind her, along with any confidence she once had in it. With the onset of her cancer, the memories of Vincent won’t leave Maddie alone, and before long they are affecting everything else: her marriage, her husband, the things they thought they agreed on, and the beliefs they thought they shared. Soon Frank, who was to be Maddie’s rock throughout her treatment, is finding fault-lines of his own.
Rebecca Brewster Stevenson is a native of Pittsburgh. She has a master’s degree from Duke University and has lived in Durham, North Carolina for over 20 years with her husband and three children. Healing Maddie Brees is her first novel.
Before dedicating herself to writing full time, Rebecca worked with Trinity School of Durham to develop the curriculum for the humanities department; she also worked as an English teacher at Cresset Christian Academy in Durham and at South Fayette Jr. Sr. High School in Pittsburgh.
Though Healing Maddie Brees is Rebecca’s debut novel, she has been writing for most of her life. Rebecca’s beautifully crafted personal essays on her blog Small Hours have earned her a strong audience of readers who enjoy her explorations of themes relating to family, marriage, faith, healing, writing, language, literature, and film.
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