Goldenrod by Ann McMan

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Join Maddie, Syd, David, Michael, Celine, Henry and the irrepressible Roma Jean Freemantle as we return to Jericho in Ann McMan’s all new novel

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For the quirky residents of Jericho, life has as many twists and turns as a winding mountain road.

GOLDENROD takes us on a delightful journey back to Jericho, a sleepy town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia where life is anything but dull.

Maddie and Syd struggle to find a new normal without their foster child, Henry, who has been reunited with his disabled-veteran father. Henry befriends Buddy—an enigmatic young man who is fascinated with pi, and Dorothy—a young girl wrestling with her own brand of family demons. Meanwhile, David takes on the town’s nemesis as a write-in candidate for mayor—and the irrepressible Roma Jean Freemantle struggles to wrangle an unwieldy bookmobile and her growing attraction to another woman.

Journeys of life and love take some unexpected turns in this endearing community, but through it all, hope and the human spirit glow as brilliantly as goldenrod in the midsummer sun.


“Goldenrod takes us back to Jericho, where the modern-day fight for respect and civil rights can sometimes be a literal fight. Its hardscrabble characters invoke Dorothy Allison; its provocative humor, Rita Mae Brown. In other words—it’s pure Ann McMan. ” —Lambda Literary Award winner, KG MacGregor

Goldenrod is a substantial, touching, loving—at times, laugh-out-loud funny—gathering of evocative characters who lead intricately interwoven lives in a setting as dramatic and full of life as its inhabitants. Ann McMan is a writer with a multitude of unique gifts, and I thank her for sharing them so freely with her readers.” —Lee Lynch, author of The Swashbuckler

“McMan’s writing is glorious, her wit and intellect as sharp as ever, and her pin-point descriptions are those of a keen observer of the absurdity of human behaviour.” —Velvet Lounger, The Lesbian Reading Room

“With politics being what they are right now in the United States and across the world, this is a book we need—it draws a line in the sand about what’s right and what’s not, in our homes and in our communities. Even better, it does so in a way that’s warm, witty, and engaging.” —Tara Scott, The Lesbian Review

“I love Ann McMan.” —Dorothy Allison, author of Cavedweller and National Book Award finalist, Bastard Out of Carolina


ANN McMAN is the award-winning author of seven novels and two short story collections. She has won four Golden Crown Literary Awards and an IPPY. Her novel, Hoosier Daddy, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She lives in Winston-Salem, NC.

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