Author of MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES
Kathleen West lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She’s lived her whole life in the Twin Cities area. This hyper-locality wasn’t intentional. In fact, Kathleen had grand plans of dwelling in a number of cosmopolitan cities across the globe. What happened was, she attended Macalester College a mere fifteen minutes from her suburban home of origin. After graduation, she got a starter job teaching middle school a couple of suburbs over, and in the same year, met her indispensable husband, who happens to be a rabid Minnesota Vikings fan and refuses to consider relocation.
Always a writer (Kathleen’s fifth-grade teacher proclaimed her the most likely in her class to write a novel), Kathleen eventually realized that novels don’t fall fully formed from the clear, blue sky. As she neared 40, trying to write one seemed a better idea than not trying to write one. Her debut is out in February, and she’s on hiatus from classroom teaching to write full-time.
Besides writing, Kathleen likes running, hanging out with her two super-fun sons aged 15 and 11, and watching The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and yes, (she’s so sorry), Bachelor In Paradise.
About MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES
Perfect for fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Small Admissions, a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High—the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle—and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally bursts.
When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin.
Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she’s in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family.
Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families.