Title of Manuscript: If a Butterfly
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Word Count: 240,000 words (yes, it’s a long book)
The mainstream novel, If a Butterfly, is like Six Degrees of Separation From Kevin Bacon, but with a butterfly.
It’s 2003, the Iraq war is underway, gas is $1.60, and a married couple (an actress and a teacher) set off across country on a driving vacation. When they accidentally "kidnap" a Monarch butterfly and pull it out of its normal migration path, they set off a series of seemingly ordinary events which send them into the path of Hurricane Isabel, a near wreck with a grad student, and an actual wreck with a disgruntled radio disc jockey. Other events follow which provide connections between these characters and an astronaut, a scientist, a quilter, and a woman with multiple personality disorder (who becomes lost in the Grand Canyon).
Will everyone survive these incidents? How will the connections affect their lives?
Read If a Butterfly to find out.
First 150 Words:
The air was as still and cold as a winter graveyard, and the frost clinging to the needles of the oyamel fir trees showed no sign of melting in the crisp morning air. The sky was growing lighter, but the sun still hadn’t graced the expedition with an appearance yet. Worried, because this cold could be devastating for the Monarchs, Robert Meyers looked back at the small group of teachers following him up the mountain trail at the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, wishing they would move a little faster. Earlier, anxious to reach the grove, he had accelerated the pace, but several group members had asked him to slow down.
Laura Benson shivered in the February chill. The exhilaration she felt about finally seeing the butterflies in their winter refuge did nothing to dispel the effects of the cold and the fog that enveloped the Mexican mountaintop, but she was determined to not let the weather get in the way of this long-delayed pleasure.