During the early, heady days of lesbian-feminism, Ivy is running a woman's bookstore
with her ex-lover. Despite an outward facade of competence, her life is a claustrophobic mix of bitter altercations and unwelcome physical changes – the effects of post-polio syndrome have pushed her into a wheelchair. To her surprise, using the wheelchair permits her to make a life-changing choice. She abandons the store, her angry ex, and the iron chill of the urban sky for an extended road trip throughout Florida.
Fighting anxiety attacks, mosquitoes, and narrow bathroom stalls, she travels deep into the state and into herself. Immersed in the turquoise water of limestone springs, kayaking among flocks of pink and orange birds, stuck in the mud of an ancient swamp, Ivy learns to accept the assistance of friends and strangers and the comfort of wild places. Along
the way she dances in a Miami bar, recovers her sense of humor, has exuberant sex with a wild boar hunter, and, finally, gains compassion for the new rhythms of her body.
The Adventures of Ivy is a road trip novel that takes a less traveled path. There are no motorcycles, bar fights, long sea voyages, or fiery crashes – just a woman, a lesbian, a disabled person taking her unique route to finding home.
As a hook, this is a rat's nest, for all the reasons you've seen me list below. (no dilemma, no conflict yadda yadda yadda).
THIS is why I insist in shrill tones that when you query me, you send pages. I want to read this. I think it sounds interesting. I love the idea of a woman finding the natural rythms of her body when her mobility changes. I think there's a LOT of room in the marketplace for this kind of story.
Not very often, but sometimes all you need is a good idea.
A word of caution though; I'd be reading those enclosed pages with a very very fierce critical eye. If the hook had been better I'd be more confident all the right ingredients for a good novel were in place (conflict, dilemmas, the usual suspects)
If anyone is keeping track, I'm asking for pages on this.
(And if anyone is curious, the only way you know for sure I'm asking you for pages is if I email you--don't send pages unless you get an email asking for them).