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Kate Brandt

Vine Leaves Press

United States

About the AuthorKate Brandt is a writer, adult literacy teacher, traveler, and student of Buddhism. She has a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College, and her work has appeared in literary anthologies and a number of publications, including Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Literary Mama, and Redivider. Hope for the Worst is her first novel--a book about being in love, despair, magic, and the redemption of female friendship. To read more of Kate's writing, go to her website, You can also find her on instagram and twitter @Kbrandtwriter.

Hope for the Worst, a novel
I write because I have a problem to solve or a question to ask, thus writing becomes a form of meditation for me--a way to escape time but also ruminate on the questions that concern me. These questions are the fundamental ones--what is the right way to live, to be happy, and to be in tune with reality. I chose to write this story because I knew it would take me a long time, but I also knew I would not get tired of it. This book is really for people who are concerned with loss and deep disappointment, and how we navigate around those.