The Absent Woman (Hardcover)

By Marlene Lee

Holland House, 9781909374409, 232pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2013



A divorcee mother travels beyond the confines of her life in search of herself. The main character in the novel "The Absent Woman," suffering from an unhappy marriage, leaves her family in Seattle and travels north to live alone, study piano with a gifted musician, and discover the significance of one of the rooms she sublets from the absent woman. In the small fishing town of Hilliard, Washington, at the edge of Puget Sound, Virginia Johnstone learns to live a life quite different from the one she has been accustomed to. In so doing, she retains her relationship with her sons and solves a personal dilemma.

About the Author

Marlene Lee has worked as a court reporter, teacher, college instructor, and writer. A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University (BA), University of Kansas (MA), and Brooklyn College (MFA), she currently tutors in the Writing Center at the University of Missouri. She has published numerous stories, poems, and essays, in the "Indiana Review," "Descant," "Orange County Illustrated," Maverick Press, "Autobiography," "Calyx," "Other Voices," "roger: a journal of literature and art" and "Blue Fifth Review." She won first prize in the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Novel Contest, and first prize in the University of Kansas Poetry Contest.