OPTICS: A Novel About Women and Work
and Midlife Muddles

Nobody prepared Kris Wright and her friends for the toughest trial of adulthood: unemployment after age fifty.

All her life, Kris assumed that working hard and doing the right thing would ensure a full and satisfying career. When she unexpectedly loses her job, she’s forced to reexamine those assumptions, reinvent herself, and regain control of her identity.

In this tightly written coming-of-middle-age novel set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, female friendships and changing family dynamics provide the backdrop for a second act no one—least of all Kris—anticipated.

While providing a cautionary tale about the perils facing midlife women in the job market, this feel-good reinvention novel serves up realism with a side of humor and a sliver of revenge.

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Optics was a finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Career category—in a year when the program drew “more entrants than ever before”! This nonprofit awards program is known as the Sundance of the publishing world and is “the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers.”

Indie Book Award

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