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Books by Randy Susan Meyers

  • The Many Mothers of Ivy Puddingstone

    Seven Children. Five Mothers. One idyllic commune. What could go wrong?

    Annabel Cooper wants to save the world. Her story begins in 1964 with her journey to Freedom Summer in Mississippi, where the disappearance of her first love ignites a lifelong fight for justice. Years later, she, her husband, and four other couples form a Boston political collective where they live together with their children in a rambling Boston house. As the era’s social upheaval intensifies, they move their children to a Vermont Eden, where they can remain safe from the world’s threats; their parents continue their political work, taking turns traveling to Vermont to care for the children.
    But not all danger comes from the outside.

    Annabel’s daughter, Ivy, yearns for normalcy, not the patchouli-soaked, natural-food-laden confines of Vermont. But mostly, she longs for Annabel’s attention—until a cataclysmic event alters the course of all their lives and she learns the limits of her many mothers and fathers.

    The Many Mothers of Ivy Puddingstone delves into the intricate and nuanced dance of familial love and communal ties through the lens of sociopolitical upheaval from the 1960s to the present day, examining which sacrifices are worth the price.

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Randy Susan Meyers is the internationally bestselling author of five novels. Though her books explore domestic drama, societal issues, and cultural nuances—informed by her years working with community and governmental agencies—she gained the most insight into family and other politics during four years bartending in a small Boston neighborhood pub.

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