Novels in progress

FAITHLESS With the discovery of a career-ending secret about a popular Catholic bishop, journalist Maggie O’Brien is torn between dogged pursuit of truth and allegiance to family and tradition. Full of complicated dynamics, Faithless examines the many ways people betray each other and how right and wrong are not always black and white. Upmarket literary.

GONE IN A HOT MINUTE — Madeline Grace Moore never thought she’d turn to a life of crime, but that was before she lost her high-powered, high-paying university position and her husband lost his income by taking a yearlong vow of silence to “find himself.” Set in the Great Recession of 2009, Gone in a Hot Minute follows a professional woman side-lined by ageism and fat-shaming, and the desperate decisions she’s willing to make to take back her life. Women’s fiction; humor.