Ann Bancroft began writing fiction after a career in journalism and communications. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she has been a newspaper and wire service reporter, editorial writer, speechwriter, and journalism teacher. An early draft of Almost Family (titled The Oakland Mets) won the 2018 San Diego Book Award for best unpublished novel. She has twice been published in San Diego Writers, Ink anthology, A Year in Ink. Ann is an alumna of the Community of Writers, the Tomales Bay Writers Workshops and Everwood Farmstead artist’s residence. As an affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists, Ann leads workshops to help writers find their voice and generate story ideas. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she has mentored dozens of cancer patients through the University of California, Davis Cancer Center and Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Organization. She and her husband split their time between Sacramento and Coronado, California.

Dave was a good foot taller than Rhonda, and they looked like a couple at a junior high school dance, awkward guy catching up to his growth spurt, picking the daintiest girl in class. He rocked her gently side to side, next to the concrete bench.

“Lovely, lovely Rhonda,” he said. A tear rolled down from his eye to the shaved side of his temple, then onto Rhonda’s wig. A tear from this big, loud guy.

Available on June 30, 2023

Almost Family

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