Books


What Reviewers Say About Pat’s Books:

“A spare disciplined prose that no one will be able to read without thinking of Hemingway. But MacEnulty has made the style her own.”—Observer

“MacEnulty writes with sympathy, wisdom and—an unexpected blessing—humour.”—Guardian

“The dirty realistic landscape sometimes steps aside for bittersweet coming-of-age flashbacks, but mostly we’re in swampy hell. Harry Crews would love it.”—Uncut 


 

NONFICTION

Sound, Scene and Story: An Introduction to Creative Writing — A beginner’s guide to writing poetry, drama, and narrative prose for high school, community college, and college students. Available online.

When the Teacher is jake cover-1Ready: What I learned from a 20-year-old chef — A short memoir of my cooking lessons with tips and recipes from a former student, Jake Shisoff. (Available in Kindle, Smashwords,  or as a PDF — please contact Pat directly to get PDF format.)

 

A Heart Cracked Open: Writing and Recovery — Personal stories combined with research and writing exercises for those who wish to use writing as a means for personal and spiritual transformation. (Available October.)

Free at Last: 7 Spiritual Tools for Conquering Your Addictions — A guide for addicts, families of addicts, and counselors. Drawing on her own experiences as a former drug addict along with the experiences of other recovered addicts and alcoholics, Pat MacEnulty has formulated seven tools to conquer a variety of addictions, including food, nicotine, drugs, alcohol or sex. Incorporating the teachings of mystics and spiritual traditions, MacEnulty offers a simple guide for transformation. (Print or ebook)

Ros and PatWait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter’s Memoir — Like many daughters of elderly parents, Pat MacEnulty finds herself in a maze of healthcare negotiations and discoveries when her mother can no longer care for herself. Pat’s mother, who stood by her through her darkest years as a drug addict, was a small-town icon as a composer, pianist, organist, and musical director. She is suddenly unable to be the accomplished, independent person she once was. Now Pat has two goals: to help her daughter avoid the mistakes that derailed her own life, and to see her mother’s masterpiece, “An American Requiem,” find a new life and a new audience in her mother’s lifetime. Along the way, Pat rediscovers her own strength, humor, and rebelliousness at the most unlikely moments. Published by Feminist Press. Available online or order through your favorite independent bookstore.



 

FICTION

Trouble Ahead (a novel). Autobiographical novel about a young woman’s descent into addiction and the redemption she ultimately finds. “… a searingly honest, often funny, always sordid story of a junkie’s life in the 1970s.”—Chauncey Mabe, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. (Printed originally as Sweet Fire, Re-release available soon.)

The Pink Palace (a novel). “The story of two sisters who reconnect over an acting class they present to female prisoners. One is struggling with cancer while the other lives a carefree but dangerous lifestyle. At the same time as exploring the lives of the sisters, MacEnulty explores the sometimes horrific but fascinating lives of the prisoners they encounter and the interactions that take place behind bars. The women who partake in the drama class all come together with shared experiences and grow and learn from one another. This multi-dimensional novel explores the characters with insight and compassion. — Catherine Holden (Printed originally as From May to December. Available as re-release soon.)

“MacEnulty shows us the hardships of prison life, the ways of coping, and the compromises in a way no outsider could. We believe what she tells us, as she draws on what were her own experiences on both sides of the system. Switching between the inner vision of each of her characters with skill and ease, she develops the story in spare and immediate prose. Without descending to the maudlin, she deals with what could be sad and depressing lives in an inspirational way. So much so that even in death there is an upbeat message of hope.”

 

Picara (a coming-of-age novel). “Raised by her beloved grandmother in Augusta, Georgia, in the late 1960s, teenage Eli does not even know what the “Underground” means but when Mattie dies, Eli, 14, takes off with her boyfriend, who is trying to evade the draft. She lands in St. Louis with her “longhaired, war-protesting, hippie” dad, who is now deeply involved in the Movement. MacEnulty is careful to avoid heavy messages. The young teen’s naive, first-person narrative gets behind the slogans to confront the big issues of racism, feminism, peace, and love, with a wry take on the hippie culture (from drugs to the Grateful Dead). Of course, those fascinated by the late 1960s will enjoy this atmospheric tale, and so will today’s peaceniks and rebels.” —Hazel Rochman, Booklist. Available online

Time to Say Goodbye (mystery novel). “From the first sentence I knew that Time to Say Goodbye was going to be a read-in-one-go novel and I was right. Three murders in Florida echo down almost 30 years to the present. Three murders supposedly committed by a teenage girl who has made anew life for herself after escaping from prison. A secret life that’s about to be blown apart, and only one man can help. The cop who arrested her all those years ago. And he does as a huge storm hits Palm Beach. This is cracking novel well worth seeking out. First Class” — The Independent on Sunday. Available Online

The Language of Sharks (short stories). “These 19 involving, small-town-Florida-set tales by acclaimed novelist MacEnulty, their winning directness giving the impression of their being told across the coffee-shop table or at the laundromat or grocery store,” reviewed by Stephen Drennan, Insight Bookshop. Laura Newton in the Tallahassee Democrat writes, “MacEnulty has captured the despair and malaise of an American childhood lived at the edge of the swamp and the strip mall, the self-destruction in the chink between middle-class comfort and adolescent self-discovery gone amuck. She has captured it in language that both aches with loss and sings with the simple joys of survival.” — Tangled Web Review. Available online