Blog Tour: The Apology Box

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The Apology Box
Naomi Ulsted

250 Pages
Idle Time Press
December 7, 2021

Book Links:

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When sixteen-year-old Tessa’s small mountain community is ravaged by a forest fire, people come together to heal. Except Tessa. Because she set the blaze.

This debut novel by Naomi Ulsted follows Tessa as she tries to pull a new life from the ashes of a big mistake. When the judge hands out a sentence of massive fines, community service and 227 apology letters – one for every person whose life she’s ruined – Tessa wishes she’d been sent to prison, that life behind bars might be better than the one she’s forced to live. Choked by shame and resentment, and shunned by her friends and neighbours, the only person she can lash out at is herself. An unlikely friendship, a painful discovery, and a box full of apology letters may be the only chance Tessa has at redemption.

Author Bio:

Naomi writes memoir in addition to young adult fiction. Her personal essays have been published in Mud Season Review, Salon, Full Grown People, and The New Guard, among others. She was the 2018 recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. She’s a member of Willamette Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. THE APOLOGY BOX is Naomi’s debut novel.

In her non-writing life, Naomi works with under-privileged teens. She worked for years with the Job Corps program and now heads up a non-profit offering community mental health services and a residential treatment program for boys.

She lives on the southern coast of Oregon with her husband, two boys, and two cats.

Author Links:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads




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7 Responses

  1. Penny Branson LeBaron

    I think we all have things in our life we wish we could change or feel guilty about. This would be an unbearable existence. I don’t know how she was able to stay in her town.

  2. Jeanna Massman

    This book has a very interesting plot. Tessa is forced to face up to her mistake and try to overcome her guilt. The question is will she be able to?

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