PATRICIA LEAVY, PhD

Bestselling Author

Fiction

Celestial-Bodies

CELESTIAL BODIES

Celestial Bodies: The Tess Lee and Jack Miller Novels

Patricia Leavy
Winner! 2022 Firebird Book Awards—Romance

Heart-warming and wonderfully romantic, written with the sharp wit of Candace Bushnell and the sensitivity of Meg Donahue, comes best-selling author Patricia Leavy’s tour de force about learning to balance darkness and light in our lives.

Celestial Bodies is a series of six novels that follow the epic romance of Tess and Jack: Shooting Stars, Twinkle, Constellations, Supernova, North Star, and Stardust. An exploration of the power of love, each novel focuses on love at the intersection of another topic: healing, doubt, intimacy, trust, commitment, and faith. While external threats occur in each book, this is ultimately a story about internal threats—the audio playing in our own heads.

Tess Lee is a world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find happiness in her personal life. Jack Miller is a federal agent who specializes in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself. The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embark on a beautiful love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends who never fail to lighten the mood. Along the way, others join their journey: the female president of the United States, with whom Tess bakes cookies and talks politics; the Millers, Jack’s childhood family; and many others. Celestial Bodies is about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, learning to live in color, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can heal us. Written as unfolding action, this collection moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read for pleasure or selected for book clubs.

“Celestial Bodies is one of the most important literary works you’ll ever read and the must-read book of the year. Leavy writes light in every corner… Read this—you’ll be SO glad you did. Highly recommended!” – Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators

“This healing story has left an indelible mark on my soul. Brava, Patricia Leavy, for creating a fiction series worth its weight in gold.” – Renita M. Davis, LICSW, PIP, Creatrix, Illuminated Expressions, LLC

“A spectacularly compelling, breathtaking series… There is so much beauty in Celestial Bodies that stayed with me long after I read the last page: the beauty of our good friends, of healing, of real and steady love, of life’s experiences wonderfully told.” – Alexandra Lasczik, Ph.D., Southern Cross University

“Celestial Bodies is one of the grandest love stories of all time, romantic, thrilling, and adventurous. It celebrates the power and agency of love to hold its own against the darkest forces of hatred and violence… A must-read!” – Eve Spangler, Ph.D., Boston College

“With stunning prose loaded with equal parts heart and humor, Leavy’s writing is realistic and compassionate. A splendid work of fiction written with sensitivity, wit, and compassion. I loved it.” – J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., author of Scarecrow

“… the deepest cuts came from Leavy’s frankly audacious creation of space for trauma processing and healing as priorities in daily life, rather than the afterthoughts they often become in a world that expects us to smile through pain. That Leavy manages to create this kind of visceral authenticity within the splendor of a modern fairy tale speaks volumes of her talent.”- Alexandra “Xan” Nowakowski, Ph.D., MPH, Florida State University

“Celestial Bodies is contemporary literature at its very best, one that hides its lessons inside perfectly baked cookies that leave you feeling better about the world and the people in it, despite all the darkness. A perfect choice for book clubs and summer reads.” – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., editor of Gender Warriors

LOW-FAT LOVE

Low-Fat Love: 10th Anniversary Edition

Patricia Leavy
Winner! January 2022 International Impact Book Award– Female Empowerment

Prilly Greene lives between who she is and who she longs to be. She moved to New York City in search of a “big life.” Despite her job at a publishing house and weekends spent racing around the city, she’s painfully lonely. She falls for Pete Rice, an unemployed, charming, ever-sexy aspiring graphic novelist. Prilly thinks she is finally experiencing the big life she always sought but feared was beyond her grasp. Pete’s unconventional, free-spirited views on relationships unsettle Prilly, ultimately causing her to unravel over the course of their on-again, off-again love affair. Meanwhile, her colleague Janice Goldwyn, a workaholic, feminist-in-name-only editor, undercuts her professional identity at every turn. Janice’s “picture-perfect” life is set on a new course when her alcoholic father is injured in a car accident and she is forced to face her own demons. Ultimately, each woman is pushed to confront her own self-image and reasons for having settled for low-fat love. Along with Prilly and Janice, a cast of characters’ stories are interwoven throughout the book. The offbeat characters include Melville, Pete’s awkward friend who lives one beat outside the moment; Jacob, Melville’s younger, pothead brother; Kyle, Janice’s seventeen-year-old son, who appears ordinary in every way but is actually quite extraordinary; and Tash, Kyle’s wild, sexpot cousin who ends up dating Jacob. Low-Fat Love is a novel about the struggle to overcome the secret fear that we are not enough so that we can reimagine ourselves and truly live a “big life.”

“Low-Fat Love proves the astonishing talent that Leavy possesses as both a writer and social commentator. Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Girls meets Sex and the City, but all with Leavy’s raw honesty and clever wit. This is one of my favorite books with a message I can’t shake.”  – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., editor of Gender Warriors

“Witty, humorous, and smart. The true beauty and power of this novel is reflected in the ways the characters—just like many of us—settle in life and love.” – J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., author of Via Chicago

“This definitive 10th-anniversary edition of Low-Fat Love does not disappoint. The new ending is brilliant. I would run, not stroll, to get a copy for yourself and all the important people in your life. This beautiful and relatable novel offers a smart critique of how pop culture’s expectations for intimate relationships often let us down.” – Sandra L. Faulkner, Ph.D., author of Real Women

NORTH STAR

Patricia Leavy
North Star follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after five years of marriage.

Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a former federal agent who specialized in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them lasting happiness. However, when life’s challenges arise and two significant forces from Jack’s past resurface, everything they’ve learned about unconditional love is put to the test. Will they finally live their happily ever after, or will they fall apart into the darkness? In addition to new characters, their long-standing friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends, who never fail to lend a calming presence. North Star is a novel about commitment and letting go, loss and gain, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, North Star is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read entirely for pleasure, selected for book clubs, or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses.

“… a splendid novel that traces the fuzzy edges of personal desire, professional fulfillment, and familial formation with sensitivity, wit, and compassion.” – J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., The University of Tampa

“… the enchanting, luminescent story we all need right now.” – Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University

“…a poignant book about the significance of relational commitments and how these commitments can help us traverse pasts and presents riddled with trauma, secrets, and success.” – Tony E. Adams, Ph.D., Bradley University

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SUPERNOVA

Patricia Leavy
Winner! April 2022 International Impact Book Awards, Female Empowerment and Inspirational

Tess Lee is a world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack Miller is a former federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. The night Tess and Jack met, their connection was palpable. She examined the scars on his body and said, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embarked on an epic love story. Now in their fourth, blissful year of marriage, one catastrophic event will change everything and push their relationship to the brink. Can Tess move through this new trauma? Will Jack’s need for vengeance destroy their relationship? When trust is violated, can there be forgiveness? In order to find their way through to the end, Tess and Jack will need to go back to the beginning. Supernova is a novel about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—heals us and helps us learn to forgive ourselves and others. Written as unfolding action, Supernova is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

“This is a creative and courageous text that interrogates the residue of abuse and trauma, provides key insights about resilience and advocacy, and offers important lessons about loyalty and self-transformation.” – Tony E. Adams, Bradley University

“Patricia Leavy is no stranger to the impassioned use of fiction as a way to write about the relational issues that pervade our lives. Her latest novel, Supernova, continues this writing streak as she creatively conveys and explores situations of sustained trauma and healing, the impact of violence, and complications related to trust in intimate relationships.”- Keith Berry, Ph.D., University of South Florida

CONSTELLATIONS

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner, First Place! Spring 2022 The BookFest Awards, Romance Holiday
  • Winner, Third Place! Spring 2022 The BookFest Awards, Romance Multicultural and Romance New Adult
  • Winner! 2022 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite Women’s Fiction
  • Winner! November 2021 International Impact Book Awards, Women’s Fiction and Relationships

Constellations follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after three years of marriage as they navigate the meaning of love and family over a series of holidays. Tess is a wildly  successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a former federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. Both healing from past trauma, together they have finally built the life they wish to live. What will happen to their blissful union when Jack’s childhood family resurfaces? When Tess and Jack visit the Millers for Christmas, how will insecurity, a sense of missed opportunities, and the need for redemption test their relationship? When a terrible accident threatens everything in an instant, will they learn the true meaning of unconditional love? Their loved ones are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, with whom Tess talks politics and bakes cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; Bobby and Gina, their younger friends who never fail to lighten the mood; and the Miller family. Constellations is a novel about family – those into which we’re born and those we create – the human desire to belong and feel connected the true nature of intimacy, and the power of love to heal and redeem. Written as unfolding action, Constellations is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

“The vivid prose and beautifully rendered characters left me filled with hope and a sense of possibility. I highly recommend this book.” Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University

“The epilogue of this beautiful book brought me to tears… The themes, metaphors, and lessons in this book are strongly present and beautifully drawn.” Alexandra Lasczik, Ph.D., Southern Cross University

“A beautiful introspective love story.” J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., The University of Tampa

“Like the constellations, Tess and Jack show us how love may seem like a random group of stars until it transforms us into the crucial link in a connected pattern of love-filled relationships.” Sandra L. Faulkner, Ph.D., author of Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method and Practice

TWINKLE

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner, First Place! Spring 2022 The BookFest Awards, Romance Urban, Women’s Thriller & Suspense, and Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Winner! 2022 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite Romantic Suspense
  • Winner! February 2022 International Impact Book Awards, Women’s Fiction and Romance

Twinkle follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after two years of marriage. Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them true happiness. However, when an anonymous threat is made against Tess’s life, everything changes. Will they learn to lean on each other, or will they fall apart into the darkness? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend, who never fails to lend a calming presence. Twinkle is a novel about the nature of doubt, the struggle to feel worthy of love, the relationship of the small part to the greater whole, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, Twinkle is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read entirely for pleasure, selected for book clubs, or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses in communication, psychology, social work, sociology, or women’s studies/gender studies.

“In a world where it is often an underappreciated weapon, this tightly crafted novel sparkles brightly—and pierces straight to the heart.”  Alexandra “Xan” Nowakowski, Ph.D., MPH, Florida State University

“A stunning example of love, compassion, empathy, and meaningful relationships will make you laugh out loud while reminding you about the importance of your loved ones.”  J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., The University of Tampa

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SHOOTING STARS

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner! 2022 Literary Titan Gold Book Award, Fiction
  • Winner! 2021 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite Contemporary Novel
  • Honorable Mention! 2021 Readers’ Favorite Awards, Fiction Drama
  • Finalist! 2021 USA Best Book Awards, Best New Fiction, Fiction Inspirational, and Fiction Romance
  • Finalist! 2021 International Book Awards, Inspirational Fiction, and Fiction Romance
  • Finalist! 2021 American Fiction Awards, Inspirational Fiction, Inspiration Fiction, Romantic Suspense, and Romance General

Tess Lee is a novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find personal happiness. Jack Miller is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself. The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embark on an epic love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who mysteriously calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend who never fails to lighten the mood. Shooting Stars is a novel about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – heals us. Written as unfolding action, Shooting Stars is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

“I found myself eagerly reading to the end, feeling disappointed when I had finished – such is the power of Leavy’s writing. This is quite possibly Leavy’s best work to date, and I am hungry for more.”– Alexandra Lasczik, Ph.D., Southern Cross University

“This is a wonderful book that you will relish. Read it on your own, in book clubs, or as supplemental reading in social sciences courses.” – Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University

“For so many of us, perhaps all of us, life is challenging as we learn to live through and with trauma, grief, and loss. Shooting Stars shows us how to thrive through unconditional love. Read this book – it will crack your heart wide open.” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., author of Lone Twin

“Her most explicit romance and her most powerful work to date, this is one for every classroom and community group, taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions but leaving you with a brighter sense of the world and the people who quietly make it better.” – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., Curry College

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CANDY FLOSS COLLECTIONS (3 novels)

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner! 2022 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite Anthology
  • Winner! 2021 NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite Anthologies
  • Winner! 2020 American Fiction Awards, Anthologies
  • Finalist! 2020 International Book Awards, Fiction-Anthologies
  • Finalist! 2020 USA Best Book Awards, Fiction-Anthologies
  • Finalist! 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards, Anthologies

Candy Floss Collection is a set of three previously released, bestselling novels: Low-Fat Love, Blue, and Film. Together these novels create an overarching message about what it truly means to live a “big life” and the kinds of relationships we need with others and ourselves along the way. This is not a trilogy. This collection can be understood as installation art. Written with humor, cultural insight, and a wink, we follow each female protagonist and cast of offbeat characters as they search for love, friendship, and a sense of self. The characters must learn to mind the gap between their lives as they are and as they wish them to be, to chase their dreams even as they stumble on their insecurities, and to never settle for low-fat love. Along the way, characters are imaged in the glow of television and movie screens, their own stories shaped and illuminated by the stories in pop culture. Set in contemporary New York and Los Angeles, with special tributes to 1980s pop culture, each book questions and celebrates the ever-changing cultural landscape against which we live our stories, frame by frame.

“Epic! Brilliant! Absolutely delicious! Candy Floss Collection offers a template of possibility. It will inspire you to believe in possibility in your own life, and in those around you. I don’t think you’ll ever be able to settle again.” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, and author of Lone Twin

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FILM

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner! 2021 NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite Chick-Lit
  • Winner! 2021 Independent Press Awards, Chick-Lit
  • Winner! 2020 American Fiction Awards, Inspirational Fiction
  • Finalist! 2021 USA Best Book Awards, Fiction Inspirational
  • Finalist! 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards, Chick-Lit
  • Finalist! 2020 International Book Awards, Fiction Inspirational

Film follows three women who moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Tash Daniels aspires to be a filmmaker. Her short film was rejected from festivals, she has a stack of rejected grant proposals, and she lost her internship at a studio when her boss harassed her, forcing her to take a job as a personal shopper. Lu K is a hot deejay slowly working her way up the club scene, but no one is doing her any favors. Fiercely independent, she’s at a loss when she meets Paisley, a woman who captures her heart. Monroe Preston is the glamorous wife of a Hollywood studio head. As a teenager she moved to LA in search of a “big” life, but now she wonders if reality measures up to fantasy. When a man in their circle finds sudden fame, each of these women is catapulted on a journey of self-discovery. As the characters’ stories unfold, each is forced to confront how her past has shaped her fears and to choose how she wants to live in the present. Film is a novel about the underside of dreams, the struggle to find internal strength, the power of art, and what it truly means to live a “big” life. Frequently shown bathed in the glow of the silver screen, the characters in Film show us how the arts can reignite the light within. With a tribute to popular culture, set against the backdrop of Tinseltown, Film celebrates how the art we make and consume can shape our stories, scene by scene. Although fictional, Film is loosely grounded in interview research. It can be read entirely for pleasure or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses in women’s studies/gender studies, sociology, psychology, communication, popular culture, media studies, or qualitative inquiry. Film can be read as a stand-alone novel or as a sequel to the bestselling novel, Blue.

“Film is a tour de force! I couldn’t put this book down. Film takes you inside yourself, and outside, too. It inspires a belief in possibility. Bravo!” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

“With a subtext of sexual harassment and inequality especially relevant in the #MeToo era, this timely novel illustrates the cultural context in which girls and women live their lives. An engaging read, Film is sure to stimulate reflection, both personally and more broadly in book clubs and courses on media and gender.” – Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist, and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series

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SPARK

Patricia Leavy

  • Winner! 2021 National Indie Excellence Award, New Adult Fiction
  • Winner! 2019 Living Now Book Awards, Adventure Fiction
  • Winner! 2019 American Fiction Awards, Inspirational Fiction
  • Finalist! 2019 American Fiction Awards, Adventure Fiction
  • Finalist! 2019 International Book Awards, Best New Fiction, and Inspirational Fiction
  • Finalist! 2019 USA Best Book Awards, Best New Fiction, and Inspirational Fiction

Professor Peyton Wilde has an enviable life teaching sociology at an idyllic liberal arts college—yet she is troubled by a sense of fading inspiration. One day an invitation arrives. Peyton has been selected to attend a luxurious all-expense-paid seminar in Iceland, where participants, billed as some of the greatest thinkers in the world, will be charged with answering one perplexing question. Meeting her diverse teammates—two neuroscientists, a philosopher, a dance teacher, a collage artist, and a farmer—Peyton wonders what she could ever have to contribute. The ensuing journey of discovery will transform the characters’ work, their biases, and themselves. This suspenseful novel shows that the answers you seek can be found in the most unlikely places. It can be read for pleasure, is a great choice for book clubs, and can be used as unique and inspiring reading in qualitative research and other courses in education, sociology, social work, psychology, and communication.

“If I ran the world, I would make this book required reading.” – Laurel Richardson, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, The Ohio State University

“A thoroughly enjoyable and thoughtful read! The gradual peeling back of layers, intriguing premise, realistic dialogue, and abundant food for thought make Spark not only a page turner, but also an intellectual treasure that will stick with me.” — Christine Sleeter, PhD, author of The Inheritance; Professor Emerita, College of Professional Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay

“I will be teaching this book in my undergraduate and graduate classes.” — Sandra L. Faulkner, PhD, Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Bowling Green State University

“Spark does as its title suggests, kindling readers’ openness to other people, other ideas, other ways of seeing and being. Modern societies need this skill set more than ever.” — Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, PhD, Professor of Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota

“This intriguing novel illuminates the blinding force of presumptions—about one’s own capacities, about other people, and, not least, about the ‘requirements’ of legitimate intellectual inquiry.” — Mark Freeman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, College of the Holy Cross

“Thought-provoking, intriguing, and clever, Spark left me wanting to live in the world that Leavy has created—a world of beauty and possibility.” — Robin Patric Clair, PhD, author of Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues; Department of Communication, Purdue University

“I plan to use it in all of my research courses as a required text.” — Ricardo D. Rosa, PhD, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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LOW-FAT LOVE STORIES

Patricia Leavy and Victoria Scotti
Finalist! 2018 American Fiction Awards, Short Story

Low-Fat Love Stories is a collection of short stories and visual portraits based on interview research with women about a dissatisfying relationship with a romantic partner or relative, or their body image. The stories focus on settling in relationships, the gap between fantasies and realities, relationship patterns, divorce, abuse, childhood pain, spirituality, feeling like a fraud, growing older, and daily struggles looking in the mirror. Once upon a time and happily ever after take on new meaning as the women’s stories reveal the underside of fairytales and toxic popular culture. Written in the first-person with language taken directly from each woman’s interview, the stories are raw, visceral, and inspirational. As a collection, the stories and art set you on an emotional rollercoaster and illustrate the different forms “low-fat love” may take, and the quest for self-worth in the context of popular culture that tells women they are never enough.
The authors developed an original method of “textual visual snapshots” for this book. Low-Fat Love Stories can be used in a range of courses in art education, gender/women’s studies, popular culture, psychology, relational communication, sociology and social work; or as an exemplar in research or qualitative methods, narrative inquiry, arts-based research or creative writing courses; or it can be read entirely for pleasure by individuals or in book clubs.

“A powerful book that explores the effect of living in the context of a commercial culture that tells women they are not enough. This will be an engaging springboard for self and social reflection in classes.” – Sut Jhally, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Founder & Executive Director, Media Education Foundation

“Low-Fat Love Stories is wonderful! I love it. The images are glorious— emotionally compelling— those eyes, the pain, the fragility; the stories are captivating. I highly recommend Low-Fat Love Stories for general readers, book clubs, writing groups, and any number of college courses.” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University and Cooley Book Award winner

“An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies that is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion.” – Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist, and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series

“The book shows how fiction as a psychological medium can go where standard psychological formats simply cannot go in getting close to intimate experience. Text and drawings communicate the “dark truth” and make it into an inspirational affirmation of life for all people.” – Shaun McNiff, Ph.D., University Professor, Lesley University and author of Art as Research, Art Heals, and Imagination in Action

“A timely read for a growing national conversation.” – Nick Sousanis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University and award-winning author of Unflattening

“Powerful and riveting!” – Rita L. Irwin, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Teacher Education, The University of British Columbia

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AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE

American Circumstance: Anniversary Edition
Patricia Leavy

Paige Michaels comes from the kind of wealth that few experience. The daughter of a notoriously successful banker who wielded great political power, she grew up in an extraordinary world peopled by the political leaders of tomorrow. Now one mistake rooted in her past is threatening to unravel her perfect life. After years as a stay-at-home mother living in New Jersey, Mollie Johnston convinces her husband, Paul, to move back to New York to fulfill her dream of living amid the bright lights. Mollie is uncomfortable in her own body and is always worried about how others perceive her and Paul. Once she sees how the other half lives, will she come to see herself and her marriage more clearly? Gwen McAndrews is the ultimate New York socialite and is the envy of those impressed by her grandeur, but is there more than meets the eye? In addition to Paige, Mollie, and Gwen, a cast of characters’ stories are interwoven into the text – parents, children, caretakers, childhood friends, old lovers, and spouses. American Circumstance is a novel about appearance versus reality – how our lives and relationships appear to others versus how they are experienced, and the complex ways that social class shapes identity, relationships, and the codes of friendship. American Circumstance also provides a window into the replication of wealth, power, and privilege. The novel can be used as supplemental reading in courses across the disciplines that deal with gender, social class, inequality, power, family systems, relational communication, intimate relationships, identity, American culture, narrative or creative writing. It can also be read in book clubs or entirely for pleasure.

“Leavy writes it in an engaging way that helps the reader to ask important questions about class issues in America. This engaging story keeps the reader interested and wondering why women make the choices they do.” – Margaret A. Robbins, The Journal of Language & Literacy Education

“American Circumstance is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole novel—from the first inviting words to the exquisitely poignant conclusion. Highly recommended!!” – Professor, Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia

“American Circumstance had me hooked from page one.  Patricia Leavy creates a compelling, enthralling world that beautifully illustrates what real love and partnership truly is while challenging our assumptions and pushing us to look at our own relationships.  Expertly crafted and engagingly drawn.  Pick this book up!” – Amy Leigh Mercree, Relationship Expert and author of The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex & Soul Mates

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BLUE

Patricia Leavy

  • Finalist—2018 American Fiction Awards, Inspirational Fiction and Chick Lit/Women’s Lit
  • Finalist—2016 The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG), Best Creative Expression Award

Blue follows three roommates as they navigate life and love in their post-college years. Tash Daniels, the former party girl, falls for deejay Aidan. Always attracted to the wrong guy, what happens when the right one comes along? Jason Woo, a lighthearted model on the rise, uses the club scene as his personal playground. While he’s adept at helping Tash with her personal life, how does he deal with his own when he meets a man that defies his expectations? Penelope, a reserved and earnest graduate student slips under the radar, but she has a secret no one suspects. As the characters’ stories unfold, each is forced to confront their life choices or complacency and choose which version of themselves they want to be. Blue is a novel about identity, friendship, figuring out who we are during the “in-between” phases of life, and the search for people who “get us.” The characters in Blue show how our interactions with people often bump up against backstage struggles we know nothing of. Visual art, television and film, appear as signposts throughout the narrative, providing a context for how we each come to build our sense of self in the world. With a tribute to 1980s pop culture, set against the backdrop of contemporary New York, Blue both celebrates and questions the ever-changing cultural landscape against which we live our stories, frame by frame. Although fictional, Blue is grounded in interview research, teaching and personal observations. It can be read entirely for pleasure or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses in women’s/gender studies, sociology, psychology, communication, popular culture, media studies, qualitative inquiry, narrative inquiry or arts-based research. The protagonist, Tash Daniels, originally appeared in the best-selling novel Low-Fat Love (Blue is set several years later). Blue can be read as a stand-alone novel.

“An engaging piece of public scholarship, Blue provides rich food for thought about the pop culture landscape and how its shapes our own stories. With a subtext about privilege, opportunity, sexual assault and gender, this would be a useful and fun teaching tool.” – Sut Jhally, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Founder & Executive Director, Media Education Foundation

“Blue is a joyful, inspiring and painfully beautiful novel written by gifted scholar and writer, Patricia Leavy.  Blue shows all of us how to move forward through times of pain, crisis or complacency with hope and love.” – Norman Denzin, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Blue is a tour de force! Leavy shines at her brightest in this little gem of a book. I highly recommend it!” – Amy Leigh Mercree, author of The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating

“Blue, Patricia Leavy’s latest journey into social fiction, reminds me of what it meant to live through the blue of young adulthood, a time spent working through the complexities of a life that’s constantly changing like the sky while struggling toward self-love, spiritual balance and happiness.” – Mary E. Weems, Ph.D., author of Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues and Cleveland Arts Prize winner

“Blue is a novel we all need to read now!”  – Carl Leggo, Ph.D., University of British Columbia; Poet

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