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Miss Julia Raises the Roof
A Novel
By (author): Ann B. Ross
9780735220515 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Apr 02, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.72 in 288 pages Penguin Books
The nineteenth installment of the beloved and New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series

With her husband Sam off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia reckons it’s about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community. It’s then that she hears that the nosy do-gooder Madge Taylor and the new pastor Rucker are embarking on a mission to buy up the vacant house next door to Hazel Marie and establish a group home for wayward teenagers. No stranger to taking in the down-and-out herself, Miss Julia is shocked to learn Madge and the pastor are keeping the project a secret. When Miss Julia and Hazel Marie start investigating, though, they uncover a far less philanthropic plot for the house that even Madge doesn’t know about—one that could change the quiet, peaceful neighborhood forever.

Miss Julia must band together with friends and neighbors to take on nosy Madge and her steamrolling plans, while still being helpful to those in need in Miss Julia Raises the Roof, another entertaining installment of Ann B. Ross’s bestselling series.

Story Locale: Isle of Palms, South Carolina; North Carolina


SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE: Ann is active on Facebook and on the Miss Julia website, where she features a monthly e-newsletter, contests, and bookseller links.

LOYAL FAN BASE: Ann’s fans are as committed to her as she is them: they write letters, visit her website, and interact with her on her facebook page.

COMMITTED AUTHOR: Ann does events regularly, even as her books go into paperback.

“Readers familiar with Miss Julia’s previous outings will feel right at home.”—Booklist

Ann B. Ross is the author of nineteen novels featuring the popular Southern heroine Miss Julia, as well as Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day, a novel about one of Abbotsville’s other most outspoken residents: Etta Mae Wiggins. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Author Residence: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

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Publicity: New in paperback media attention

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Praise for Miss Julia Raises the Roof:

“The main pleasure lies not in the mystery, a comfortable puzzler, but in the time spent among engaging small-town characters as they cope with the joys and demands of day-to-day life.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“Readers familiar with Miss Julia’s previous outings will feel right at home.”—Booklist

Praise for Ann B. Ross and the Miss Julia series:

“Ross has a gift for elevating such everyday matters as marital strife and the hazards of middle age to high comedy, while painting her beautifully drawn characters with wit and sympathy.” -Publishers Weekly

“A charming, fun adventure with new relatives, old secrets and a will putting Miss Julia and the Abbotsville regulars in a true Southern mess. I loved it!” -Duffy Brown, bestselling author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries

“Ann B. Ross develops characters so expertly, through quirks, names, and mannerisms, that they easily feel familiar as the reader is gently immersed into the world Miss Ross has created…. A delightful read.” -Winston-Salem Journal

“Miss Julia is one of the most delightful characters to come along in years. Ann B. Ross has created what is sure to become a classic Southern comic novel. Hooray for Miss Julia, I could not have liked it more.” -Fannie Flagg, author of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

“Yes, Miss Julia is back, and I, for one, am one happy camper.” -J. A. Jance, author of Cold Betrayal

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