Agatha Arch is Afraid of EverythingBy Kristen Bair
Agatha is a completely neurotic character (think Eleanor Ophelient or Bernadette) but also completely relatable for the most part. After catching her husband Dax in the shed with the local dog walker and completely destroying said sheet with a hatchet (can you blame her?), Agatha is heartbroken and becomes the talk of not only the local mom’s group on facebook but the talk of the town. Agatha is afraid…of everything especially beans (due to that all too popular horror movie involving a serial killer and fava beans). She is also afraid of catching anthrax from the Antarctica and of the local transient who in her opinion will cause damage/harm to the town).
With the help of her therapist (whom she calls Shrinky Dink) and her beloved Bear Gryllis bobble head (that she talks to) Agatha slowly begins to see she can grow and overcome.
She is quirky and yet still lovable, with her “spy pants” and binocular, even with her her neurosis and heartbreak her love for her boys still comes through. I loved this humor in the horrible situation and seeing Agatha grow as a person. This is one of my top 10 books of the year and something I highly recommend. 5 out of 5 stars!
Thank you to Suzy’s Approved Book Tours, Alvoce press, and author Kristin Bair for the review copy of this book.
About The Author:
Kristin Bair is the author of the novels The Art of Floating and Thirsty, as well as essays about China, bears, adoption, off-the-plot expats, and more. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Manifest-Station, The Gettysburg Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, The Christian Science Monitor, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and other publications. As a writing instructor, her peripatetic nature has landed her in classrooms and conferences around the world. A native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two kiddos.