June 2, 2020, is the release date for The Flying Cutterbucks! This latest novel by Kathleen M. Rodgers, set mostly during 2016, was influenced by bewilderment in the United States that tore it in political halves. Disguised feelings began to reveal themselves, uninhibited, feelings that went beyond the politics of who’s red and who’s blue into the realms of inclusivity, racism, mental illness, and abuse. In The Flying Cutterbucks, Kathleen portrays 2016 with a cast of determined and empowered women. The protagonist, Trudy, returns to her childhood home in Pardon, New Mexico, where her mother, Jewel Cutterbuck, is still struggling with the 1972 MIA status of her husband, USAF Major Shepard (Shep) Cutterbuck. Pardon is where Trudy tries to come to terms with her past. Being with her mother, her sister Georgia, and Aunt Star make it impossible not to. They’re all plagued with memories and harbored secrets of mental and sexual abuse, now exacerbated by the hostile climate in the nation.
The Flying Cutterbucks follows Kathleen M. Rodgers’ other novels that have merited kudos and awards from a variety of readers, writers, and literary organizations. Most noticeable in her writing, which spans numerous publications, is a common thread of giving attention to the U.S. military. Kathleen is a military wife; however, she has as much courage as her (retired) U.S. Air Force fighter pilot husband. When reading Kathleen’s books, it is apparent because she hits controversial topics head-on. However, she also knows well how to build in romance, friendship, animals, and so on – the treasured things in life.
Through the magic of Bookstagram, I met Kathleen and featured her on Postcards & Authors on May 1, 2018. Since then, our mutual admiration has grown, which led to Kathleen sending me an advanced reader copy of The Flying Cutterbucks. It was a pleasure to read, followed by an honor to endorse. My thoughts can be found in the Advance Praises section of Kathleen’s final retail distribution copies and on her website. Thank you, Kathleen.
Postcards are my thing, and that’s what you see on this site; however, Kathleen and I decided to give a shout-out to small business entrepreneur Cat Snapp at Cat Snapp Studio. Take a minute to browse her vibrant website. If you’re like me, your minute will become a looong minute. Cat has created stationery to appeal to your every need. She also has a page that lists ways to support her and other artists. A visit and a follow on Instagram is a great start.
Again Kathleen, thank you. I love the card and your note, and your kindness to Cat. Perhaps we will meet someday. 🙂
I thought I’d take a quick look at Kathleen M. Rodgers’ website, but stayed there MUCH longer! It’s filled with all sorts of interesting things about her life and work. Most notable is her latest novel, Seven Wings to Glory, a 2017 Foreward Indies Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2017 Somerset Awards. It dives into the difficult topics of racism and war; and also, love and forgiveness. Her previous novels are Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute, where Johnnie has to retain the strength she needs to avoid the return of bulimia, and Tuck, a Vietnam vet, goes to war again – this time in the Middle East. Go to her site to read more. And by the way, Kathleen is married to a retired USAF fighter pilot/commercial pilot; her very own research library right there at home!
In addition to the numerous awards and recognitions Kathleen and her books have received, Thorndike Press, the leading large print publisher in the United States, released Johnnie Come Lately and Seven Wings to Glory in hardcover large print editions in early 2018. Now her books are in libraries around the country (US), Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!
No break for Kathleen, though. Her current work in progress introduces Trudy and Clay, and is set in eastern New Mexico… which brings us to her postcard, a representation of her native state.
Thank you for the Georgia O’Keeffe postcard, Kathleen; and best wishes with your successful writing journey!