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Meet Trish

Trish Heald is a former strategic business advisor, writer, and editor who turned her hand to fiction after an MA in Psychology revealed a passion for helping flawed characters through crises and renewal. Trish lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three zombie teenagers, and a narcoleptic beagle. When she isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her procrastinating with an ice-cold glass of bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc. Sassafras is her debut novel.

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sassafras: A Novel

Newly widowed Champs Noland hates Egret’s Pond, the retirement community he nicknamed Regret’s Pond. Tired of empty condolences, “What to Expect When You’re Grieving” pamphlets, and casseroles delivered by do-gooding widows, he flees to his ramshackle summer cabin on the Sassafras River bringing the golden urn containing Pat’s ashes with him. His plan? To spend his days idly fishing on his rusty old boat, Tetanus, and drinking beer. Alone.


Why the Sassafras River?