The wait is almost over for the fans of best-selling Atlanta novelist Mary Kay Andrews.
Her latest novel, “Ladies’ Night,” hits the shelves on June 3, and Woodstock’s FoxTale Book Shoppe will be the official bookseller for the launch.
Ellen Ward, one of three local women who own the shop in downtown Woodstock, said this will be the third consecutive year FoxTale has provided books for Andrews’ launch party, which always benefits charity.
This year, the event will raise funds for Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization dedicated to education, treatment and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
“We love partnering with Mary Kay and her readers from all across the metro area for a night of fun that not only celebrates books but gathers women for a good cause,” Ward said.
This year’s party will be at Kudzu and Company on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs from 6 to 8 p.m.
FoxTale Book Shop will also have both Andrews and women’s fiction author Patti Callahan Henry for an in-store signing June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The former journalist’s new book deals with divorce, betrayal, revenge, reinvention and redemption.
Divorce isn’t a new subject for this perennial New York Times best-seller. In previous books like “Spring Fever,” “Summer Rental,” “Hissy Fit” and “Little Bitty Lies,” she tackled similar themes.
Yet Andrews, whose real name is Kathy Hogan Trocheck, laughingly admits she’s still married to her “starter husband” Tom, after more than 36 years.
“We were high school sweethearts who got married right out of college, and somehow it managed to stick,” she said.
The protagonist of Andrews’ new book is a lifestyle blogger named Grace Stanton, whose glamorous life is upended after she catches her husband cheating and drives his expensive convertible into the family swimming pool.
Forced by the judge in her divorce proceeding to attend mandated divorce-recovery therapy with a group of other bitter women — and one hunky man — Grace eventually finds healing — through rehabbing an old beach cottage, and from this unlikely group of new friends.
Despite her own marital longevity, Andrews says she continues to write about divorce “because it’s something that touches so many families. It upsets the equilibrium in our communities and shakes things up — sometimes, for the good.”
She says she does research on her subject — “just by keeping my ears open. Although I did interview a couple of friends whose divorces were incredibly bitter and messy to get the inside juicy stuff.”
“Ladies’ Night” is already garnering advance praise, including a starred review from Publisher Weekly which said “Bestseller Andrews is at the top of her game, delivering a smart, funny perfect-for-summer read with a hopeful heart.”
Ticket price for the party is $35, which gets guests an autographed first-edition copy of “Ladies’ Night,” a swag bag, and complimentary food and cocktails, plus a deejay and many other giveaways.
Call (770) 516-9989 or visit the store’s website, foxtalebookshoppe.com/events/ to buy tickets.