With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, 28-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She's a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know ... until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father's plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn't feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her parent's expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she's able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she's been running from all along — the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood. (From Park Row Books)
Honey Girl is Morgan Rogers's debut novel. She lives in Maryland.
From the book
In Las Vegas, they sell cheap replicas of the love locks from the Parisian bridge for 25 dollars. You can buy them on your way out of a chapel, drunk and giggly and filled with champagne bubbles. There is someone on your arm, a girl whose name you cannot remember, or perhaps never knew.
She says, "Let's get one of these," and points to the locks. Their shiny surfaces barely echo the originals, but a pretty girl asks, and you say yes.
It's the second time you've said yes, but you don't remember that. So, you say yes to this, this replica lock in a replica city.
From Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers ©2021. Published by Park Row Books.