Dear Agent:

GOODBYE ODESSA is a work of upmarket fiction, complete at 76,000 words. 

A stranger’s message gives Katherine hope that her husband is alive in Vietnam, despite the Army’s assurance that he was killed in action.

Now that the war is over, Katherine struggles to accept Johnny’s KIA status, but for the sake of her four-year old daughter, Sparrow, she concedes that Johnny is never coming home. Soon after she signs his death certificate, Katherine receives a note from a man claiming to have proof that Johnny is alive. While seeking answers, she meets two veterans who served with her husband. They know the truth. But should Katherine be searching for Johnny or for closure?

At a POW camp, Johnny learns that the Vietnam War is over and that he and his men are actually in Laos. Each day in the Dog Pound, Johnny fights to keep himself and his men alive and safe from Mr. Fun and the other guards. Abuse, starvation, disease, and desperate escape-attempts test Johnny’s humanity and the men’s faith in each other. Two new prisoners bring news that the war is over. No one is coming for them. The men escape into the jungle, where Johnny must decide what he values most—his freedom, his life, or his men.

GOODBYE ODESSA will appeal to readers who enjoyed CASUALTIES and ELEVEN DAYS.

I am an MFA student at Queens University of Charlotte (graduating January 2017) and a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. My short stories have been anthologized in Home (Outrider Press, 2016), Flying South (Winston-Salem Writers Association, 2016), and Juxtaposition (Maine Review, 2015). I was a 2014 Glimmer Train Top 25 and 2016 Glimmer Train Honorable Mention recipient.

Thank you for considering GOODBYE ODESSA.