Shelly Reuben

Shelly Reuben

Edgar-Award Nominated Author, Columnist, and Private Investigator

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Homer the Ferret

  Homer the Ferret   Homer before he turned white  Homer hugging his “girl friend”   Homer being cute    

MY MOSTLY HAPPY LIFE: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree

Publication Date: April 27, 2018 – Arbor Day! E-BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM: NOOK, iTunes, Kindle, Kobo TRADE PAPERBACK AVAILABLE FROM: Amazon Independent Book Sellers BAM “In this fantastical tale, by turns charming and pensive, Shelly Reuben gives us a park-dwelling,...

Homer the Ferret

 

Homer the Ferret

 

Homer before he turned white 

Homer hugging his “girl friend”

 

Homer being cute

   

MY MOSTLY HAPPY LIFE: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree

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Publication Date: April 27, 2018 – Arbor Day!

“In this fantastical tale, by turns charming and pensive, Shelly Reuben gives us a park-dwelling, talking tree as our storyteller. And from this leafy perch, we too are viewers, observing a community’s unfolding joys, sorrows, memories, and triumphs. Curious children, romantic couples, and sage elders share their experiences, not knowing about the enchanted autobiography underway.  

“The title is a reminder that even the most verdant refuge is never perfect. An interloper determined to bring dissension to the cast of characters must be uprooted. It is in this battle against evil—played out in scenes ranging from witty to poignant—that the book’s deeper meanings come to the surface.  The black-and-white illustrations have just the right combination of realism and fantasy. Otherworldly, but still…human. And humane.”  Mary F. Holahan – Curator of Illustration, Delaware Art Museum

Among the Characters Within These Pages Meet:

  • Samuel Swerling: A World War II veteran and inventor, determined to create a park with trees that “positively begged children to leap into their branches and climb!”
  • Alonso Hannah: A one-armed arborist with a genius for training trees to grow in directions that either defy or improve upon nature, depending on your point of view.
  • Esther Swerling: The grandchild Sam always longed for who, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, eagerly answered, “I want to be you,”
  • Ethan’s Best Friend: A bird named Pal, so valiant and loyal, a plaque about him in Sam’s park reads: “Twix man and bird in such a way; did love and friendship save the day.”
  • Mike Hurwitz: The Commissioner of Parks, with a “passion for flowers, shrubs, and trees,” who is absent without leave when his beloved plants need him most.
  • Winston the Ferret: A homeless creature who approaches Esther in Sam Swerling’s park, whose little eyes say “please,” and who will not give up until Esther takes him home.
  • Jarvis Larchmont: The bully, kicked out as a child, who seeks revenge against the park as an adult and initiates a plan to separate its trees from those who love them most.
  • The Narrator: Our autobiographical Climbing Tree, who tells us that “Humans are not trained to hear the cries of climbing trees,” when stakes pierce his roots and cause him to scream in pain.

Advance Praise for My Mostly Happy Life …

My Mostly Happy Life is so delightfully detailed as to setting, characters and plot; Reuben’s diction so simple, clear and poetic—I forgot that a tree was telling me the story. The illustrations by Ruth McGraw are many and lovely.  Robert Knightly – Author of Bodies in Winter and The Cold Room  My Mostly Happy Life brings to mind the Norman Rockwell world of the legendary Saturday Evening Post. The story is told, believe it or not, by a placid tree in a small park envisioned by Sam Swerling…This garden, too, has its evil serpent who grows up to become a city councilman intent on doing away with Sam Swerling’s park. That conflict affects all who love the park, you the reader, of course, and the characters who hold you in their spell. David Williams – author of the novel Second Sight “It is truly amazing what wonderful things can happen when people spend time in a park that is filled with climbing trees.” Indeed it is. Reuben has given a book full of love and gentleness to a world that needs those qualities more than ever.  David Stout – Recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America

Reviews

Huntington News: Shelly Reuben’s new novel, My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree, is a unique blend of fantasy and realism that captures your attention right up to its climactic chapter. Robert Rusting, Rusting Publications – Friday, April 27, 2018 The Evening Sun:  “…brisk story-telling, adroit dialogue, and authentic emotion keep the escapades of the tree and his friends lively and light-hearted.” Mary F. Holahan, Curator of Illustration, Delaware Art Museum – Friday, April 27, 2018 Thoughts in Progress: “This story is filled with highs and lows, sorrow and happiness, and a whimsical outlook that will have you smiling despite yourself. Reuben has a exceptional way of bringing the tree to life as a narrator…The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. It holds you spellbound until the very end.  

CALENDAR

Book Launch For …

“MY MOSTLY HAPPY LIFE: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree”

SNEAK PEEK (Details below):
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 – Unadilla Public Library – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Afton Public Library – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Foxy Loxy  in Unionville, PA – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19 2018 – Delaware Art Museum – Museum Shop – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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UNADILLA PUBLIC LIBRARY 

After a successful serialization in The Evening Sun, My Mostly Happy Life will be introduced to the public in book form at the Unadilla Public Library on Arbor Day! o780 This will be a particularly meaningful celebration, because the library’s grounds are home to the giant trees that inspired the climbing-tree narrator in Shelly Reuben’s novel.  Join us as Shelly tells a few stories, reads a few paragraphs, answers questions, and introduces us to her ferret, Homer, after whom one of the books most memorable characters, Winston the Ferret, is patterned. Marigold, the goat, will also be present. Petting is encouraged. Poetry contest, too! Get rules at the library. Adults. Children. Come one. Come all. Refreshments. FREE. Date:  Friday, April 27, 2018     
TIME:       7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Unadilla Public Library • 193 Main Street • Unadilla, NY 13849

Contact: Andrea Edwards, Director • Phone: 607-639-3131        

AFTON FREE LIBRARY

HOMER - For Press Releases & Web SiteJoin Shelly Reuben as we celebrate the publication of her new urban fable, My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree. Shelly will tell us about its creation (the narrator-tree was inspired by trees at the Unadilla Public Library, and the book’s illustrator, Ruth McGraw, grew up in Afton). She will read a few favorite passages, answer questions, and introduce you to her ferret Homer, after whom Winston the Ferret, one of the book’s most lovable characters, was patterned. Petting is encouraged! Poetry contest, too! Get rules at the library. Refreshments. Free! Date:  Saturday, April 28, 2018     
TIME:       1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Afton Free Library • 105A Main Street • Afton, New York 13730

Contact: Ramona Bogart, Manager • Phone: 607.639.1212 • Email: af.ill@4cls.org

GUERNSEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Shelly Reuben, columnist for The Evening Sun, which serialized her urban fable My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree, is coming to the Guernsey Library to celebrate its publication. Shelly will tell us about its creation (the narrator-tree was inspired by trees at the Unadilla Library), read a few favorite passages, answer questions, and introduce you to her ferret Homer, after whom Winston the Ferret, one of the book’s most lovable characters, was patterned. Petting is encouraged! Refreshments. Free! Date:  Sunday, April 29, 2018     
TIME:       2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Guernsey Memorial Library • 3 Court Street • Norwich, NY 13815

Contact: Connie Dalrymple, Director • Phone: 607-334-4034 • Email: guernsey@4cls.org

FOXY LOXY COFFEE SHOPPE

Join us on a beautiful May afternoon as we celebrate the publication of Shelly Reuben’s new novel, My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree.  Shelly will describe how oddly shaped trees inspired a most unusual narrator, and tell us why she decided to both serialize and illustrate this urban fantasy before releasing it as a book. On a lighter side, Shelly will read a few favorite passages and introduce us to her ferret, Homer, after whom Winston the Ferret, one of the book’s most lovable characters, was patterned.  Petting is encouraged! Come early for lunch, coffee, or ice cream, and chat with the author. Both Shelly and Homer will be happy to autograph your copy of her book! Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2018     Rain date:  Sunday, May 20th.  Same time. TIME: 1:00–2:00 p.m.    WHERE:  Foxy Loxy Coffee Shoppe • 5 Cemetery Lane • Unionville, PA 19875  Contact: Jayne Shea • Manager • Phone: (610) 347-1928 • linhill@verizon.net

DELAWARE ART MUSEUM – Museum Store

Edgar nominated mystery novelist Shelly Reuben returns to the museum that inspired so much of her work to talk about My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree. In the  tradition of great 19th Century authors like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reuben’s novel was first serialized in newspapers, and is only now being released in book form. And like her predecessors, Shelly’s book is illustrated with artwork that captivates and delights. Join us as she discusses the creation of her enchanting urban fantasy. Mary Holahan, our director of illustrations, will also give us insights into the artwork (some in our own collection!) that has given so much pleasure to past and present readers. Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2018     
TIME:       1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Delaware Art Museum Store • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • Wilmington, DE 19806

Contact: Jeanie Robino • Museum Store Supervisor • 302.351.8542 • jrobino@delart.org