Every Wild Heart
by Meg Donohue
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 14, 2017)
From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.
Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?
Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…
Radio, like the internet, offered a cloak of anonymity that suited harassers perfectly; add to that the dark hours of night during which I was on air, and The Gail Gideon Show had proven itself catnip for crazies.
Lila began ferociously stabbing at the kale, farro, and chia seed salad that her dad had packed. She took an enormous bite and chewed quickly, one dangling ribbon of kale twitching at the corner of her mouth. Lila was tiny with keen brown eyes and sharp features; her steady diet of seeds and greens did nothing to alleviate her overall squirrel air. She vibrated with a unique mix of anxiety and optimism, aware of – but not particularly discouraged by – her low rank on the school’s totem pole.
Years ago, I’d draped a pelt of gray fake fur over my rolling chair, and ever since Simone had referred to it as the Rat Throne.
Every Wild Heart was a quick and easy read with hits of humor, intrigue, and highly observant and insightful musings. While the premise and storyline were relevant and entertaining; for me, the vibrant and quirky characters were the heart and soul of this tale. A loud, firebrand, women’s activist and talk-radio celebrity dearly loves yet worries about her timid, quiet, anxious, and social isolated teenaged daughter. Emotions were intense for each of them. The teenager didn’t just feel embarrassed, she was mortified and humiliated when simple missteps. She was desperate to be noticed yet at the same time so very fearful of attracting attention to herself in the torturous walls and halls of high school. But their worlds are rattled for the better when a several unrelated incidents incite an awakening and renewal. I received a review copy of this lovely book from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.
About Meg Donohue
Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.