“In The Angry Woman Suite, author Lee Fullbright weaves an intricate, complex, multi-generational story of significant depth.
This novel is told through the eyes of three characters. Aidan is a man who witnesses the consequences of terrible dysfunction between several families in a small east coast community. Francis, the product of that dysfunction, flees to the west coast and becomes the wholly unfit stepfather to the final narrator, a young girl named Elyse. The story opens with Elyse in the 1950s. From there, Fullbright slowly and masterfully moves back and forth to different times between 1900 and the 1960s to reveal the horrific story of the Grayson family and those they touched in their small community. The title of the book comes from a series of mysterious portraits that portray Francis’ mother, Magdalene Grayson. However, that title could apply to almost every woman in this novel, while most of the men are depicted as damaged by that anger. To add to the richness, Fullbright liberally laces recurring references to game strategy, to a particular battle in our war for independence, and to the theme that things are never what they seem. Finally, Fullbright fills the plot with enough unexpected twists to keep the reader in suspense till the very end.
[...] The Angry Woman Suite really should not be missed.” -San Francisco Book Review
2012 DISCOVERY AWARD WINNER, FIRST PLACE, LITERARY FICTION
SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD, “BEST MYSTERY”
2012 GEISEL AWARD FOR “BEST OF THE BEST,” SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS
2013 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS GOLD MEDAL, “HISTORICAL MYSTERY”
“A very human story . . . a fine read focusing on the long lasting dysfunction of family.” – Midwest Book Review
“There is something fascinating in labyrinthine plot twists, which is what we have here, and I must applaud Fullbright for her keen and magical ability to pull it off with such aplomb.” –Norm Goldman, Montreal Books Examiner and Bookpleasures.com
“Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family . . . in a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three very different people . . . a superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy’s sometimes excruciating embrace.” – Kirkus Reviews