Carpe Diem, Illinois

SKU: 9780989978033

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds and deep personal secrets threaten to explode. When her mother is hospitalized in Carpe Diem after an auto accident, teenager Tali Shaw, the daughter of a powerful state senator, finds herself at the heart of a vicious conspiracy to bring Carpe Diem down. Can prize-winning Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend overcome his own demons and expose those behind the scheme before it's too late? And when the truth is finally revealed, can Carpe Diem ever be the same?


Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kristin Oakley grew up in the hills of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; returned to Madison to study at the University of Wisconsin; practiced law in Boston; raised two daughters in Illinois; and explored Europe from her home base in Belgium. She’s now back in Madison pursuing her writing career. Most mornings, you can catch Kristin writing both fiction and nonfiction at the beautiful Verona Public Library. 

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