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Everyone loses Wyoming--it's what you do with the rest of the pieces that matters... 

Lost Wyoming tells the story of Maggie Winslow, a bright and thoughtful, yet thoroughly disillusioned heroine, as she discovers how family shapes who we are, who we aren't, and who we have the potential to become.

Disillusioned by a life that just isn't perfect and a pile of decisions she's tired of second-guessing, Maggie has taken in her late twenties to standing on the sidelines, wondering how everything got so lackluster. Unsure exactly when or why she transformed from an able driver of her life into a reluctant passenger in it, she can't seem to figure out how to get things back on track.

When a family crisis jolts her out of her malaise, Maggie is forced to take charge, to rethink the meaning and the import of the losses that inevitably accompany growing up, and to take stock of the choices and convictions that have kept her from being the person, and living the life, she always envisioned.

Poignant, heartbreaking, and unflinchingly honest, Lost Wyoming is an ultimately uplifting tale about the puzzles we must solve for ourselves - and the joys that await once we learn to get out of our own way.


Title Lost Wyoming 
Category Fiction:Literary / Fiction:Contemporary Women / Fiction:Family Life
Author Debra Snider 
Pub Month Sep 2016 
ISBN 978-1-63491-503-8 
LOCCN 2016909503
Format Soft cover
Price $18.95
Pages 330
ASIN (for Kindle edition) B01LWBL8NS 

Positioning Statement: 
Lost Wyoming is a story about the losses that come along with growing up: loss of illusions, of expectations, of love, of certainty and immediacy, and over the course of the book, of a parent as well. It's a story about how our families shape who we are, who we aren't, and who we have the potential to become. And it's a story about the nature of love. Contemplative, pensive, nostalgic, bittersweet, occasionally wry, and ultimately uplifting.

Intended Market: 
Educated women; Millennials, particularly those suffering through quarter-life crises; men and women struggling to figure out how to embrace the positive aspects of life and to discover what they really want

Selling Points:

  1. Beautifully written, with lovely and compelling imagery throughout
  2. Terrific, complex characters, both male and female, both young and older
  3. "Examines the complexities of relationships, the challenges of communicating feelings, and the difficulties of discovering what one really wants." - Kirkus Reviews
  4. Speaks eloquently to Millennials struggling to build adult lives and embrace the opportunities available to them
  5. Illustrates generational differences, particularly in the ways the different generations view relationships, careers, balance, managing one's life vs. merely letting it happen, coping with loss, etc.
  6. Illustrates the nature of love: as it develops, when it's strong, as it unravels, and in hindsight

Author’s Biography: 
Debra Snider is an author, speaker, no-longer-practicing lawyer, and former C-suite executive. Lost Wyoming is her second novel. Her other published works include the novel A Merger of Equals, as well as two nonfiction business books - Working Easier (Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, 2005) and The Productive Culture Blueprint (American Bar Association Career Resource Center, 2003) - and numerous essays and articles. Her short story, “The Day Lust Left the Room,” was awarded Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story Category of the 74th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (2005). Debra is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago Law School. A Chicagoan until 2005, she now lives in Nevada. She and her husband have two grown children.

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