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The Undertaking of Tess

"Her Life Ain't Ever Gonna be the Same."

uring the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa "Tessie" Finley has yet to meet her guardian angel and boy, could she use one. Her life has taken an unimaginable turn and before it can get any worse, she's doing all she can to keep her sister and herself afloat. But despite her resourcefulness and grit, she's savvy enough to know that the odds are stacked against her and without some help from on high their lives will never be the same again.

Heartbreaking, funny, and nostalgic, you'll cheer the Finley sisters on from the first page to the last of this charming novella that sets the stage for the accompanying novel—The Resurrection of Tess Blessing.

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"A tender yet big-hearted coming-of-age story filled with heartbreak, secrets, and humorous observations of the convoluted adult world through which two young sisters must navigate."
   —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"Heart-rending, yet humorous and filled with hope, The Undertaking of Tess is a rare treat from an author who truly knows how to create unforgettable characters. Readers who loved Kagen's Whistling in the Dark, will adore Tess and Birdie in this delightful novella."
   —Sandra Kring, author of the national bestseller, The Book of Bright Ideas

"A bittersweet coming-of-age in the Fifties story that'll have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next. Kagen's ability to capture children's deepest emotions never fails to impress."
   —Bonnie Shimko, award-winning author of The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye