And We're Off
Author: Dana Schwartz
Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nutured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expense-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch: Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in!
Nora’s mother, however, is less than thrilled about the trip. Alice put herself through law school to give Nora the kind of financially stable life she never had growing up, and she worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter. Her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed, either. Nora couldn’t feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they’ve ever been. So, seconds after saying goodbye to Nora at the airport terminal, Alice calls out: “Wait! Stop! I’m coming with you!”
And so begins a fun, funny, and bittersweet summer adventure in the vein of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Since You’ve Been Gone, filled with classic coming-of-age drama, an irresistible mother/daughter dynamic and a swoon-worthy summer romance.