G. Elizabeth Kretchmer is one of 56 contributors who write about love and the loss of place, innocence, loved ones, and more. Her essay is entitled Song of the Tree Frog. Available through your favorite independent book store or on Amazon.
The congregation of frogs is a family reunion sort of thing. They meet up at the same pond where their forebears have gathered, a place where they feel they belong, a place that’s instinctively secure. The males sing their songs of desire; the females come to the amphibious bedroom. The group assembly raises the local temperature and humidity, for the greater good of all, until new eggs are laid and the adults are free to–or required to–move on. For years I’ve listened to the group’s songs, my heart swelling as though my own children were singing. But now comes the final, bittersweet performance. We are moving, leaving the frogs and the pond, and the high desert I’ve called home for many years.
Women on the Brink: Stories
Have you ever run away? Or have you ever thought about it? This October, you’ll be able to run away vicariously through G. Elizabeth Kretchmer’s new short story collection, in which protagonists aged 13 to 90 find a chance to start over. An at-risk teen runs away from her drug-addicted mother. An Alaskan bush pilot feels smothered by motherhood. A former zookeeper escapes from her abusive husband. An affluent woman tires of her perfect, boring, life. An elderly woman announces her plans to check out for good. At times heartwarming and at other times heart wrenching, these stories cross generational, demographic, and socioeconomic lines as they address such present-day issues as sex trafficking, domestic violence, and aging parents and, in so doing, they demonstrate not only that women of all backgrounds must find balance between cowardice and courage but that the decision to run away is sometimes the most difficult, but wisest, choice of all.
The Damnable Legacy
A mid-life mountaineer regrets the decision she made thirty years ago to place her daughter for adoption. The biological granddaughter she’s never known desperately searches for a safe and loving home. And a minister’s wife with terminal cancer designs a plan to bring them together. Set largely against Alaska’s unforgiving landscape and narrated from beyond the grave, G. Elizabeth Kretchmer’s debut novel is about love and survival, exploring the importance of attachment, place, and faith and asking the question of how far we should go to achieve our goals and at what cost.
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“THE DAMNABLE LEGACY is equal parts nail-biting adventure, love story, and family drama, and an entirely engaging read.” ~IndieReader.