Season of Eclipse

by Terry Wolverton

Marielle Wing is a highly popular literary novelist whose triumphs on the page are matched only by her failures in finding and loving another woman. At JFK airport, she encounters a terrorist bombing; rather than running, she begins snapping photos and this brings her to the attention of Homeland Security, who insists she enter the Witness Security Program. Denied her vibrant Los Angeles life, banished to a dreary suburb of Detroit with only her cat, Dude, Marielle convinces herself that her identity shift will be temporary—and she imagines resurfacing with a blockbuster book. But once she reads her own obituary in The New York Times, she feels stripped of everything she values and utterly alone.

Weeks later, she reads that a new novel, purportedly penned by her, is going to be published “posthumously”; enraged, she breaks the rules of secrecy to find out who’s behind this fraud and shatters the security of her whereabouts. Unsure whether it’s terrorists or the government after her, she runs for her life, and must turn to unlikely sources for help—a dreadlocked musician named Tuna (who she finds devastatingly attractive despite being much too young); two aggressively loving and genial Buddhist monks; and her former lover and still best friend, Fresh. With their help she fights to reclaim her life.



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Genre Thriller
Publication Date February 15, 2024
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642475142e
Cover Designer Melodie Pond


“With more twists and turns than a coiled snake, Season of Eclipse is also a deep examination of who we are and what happens to us when we can't be the person we thought we were. Both make this thriller hard to put down.” — J.M. Redmann, the Micky Knight mystery series

“Plucked out of her own life and plunged into witness-protection-program obscurity, Marielle Wing has the guts to activate her ire and her creative imagination to try to win back her name, all while discovering some rough truths about the life she left behind. She does this with the aid of one of the most deliciously irksome young women ever to appear on the page: Tuna, who might bring Marielle to new life if she doesn’t kill her first. Terry Wolverton’s Season of Eclipse is a fun and subversively serious novel about finding yourself while losing yourself, in spite of yourself.” –David Groff, author of Live in Suspense

“Terry Wolverton's Season of Eclipse is a wild ride of a thriller, with a protagonist who's as lovable as she is flawed. Marielle Wing witnesses a bombing and then is forced to go into hiding, with several ensuing changes of location and identity. Who is a friend and who is a foe? We don't know until the exciting conclusion. Rooting for them all the way, we follow Marielle and her cat Dude through a maze of danger and conspiracy. Don't begin reading this book in the evening unless you plan to stay up all night!” — Alice Bloch, Mother/Daughter Banquet

“A page turning thriller from award winning author Terry Wolverton. A terrorist event changes novelist Marielle’s life and outlook forever as she finds wisdom and help in unexpected places.” — Katherine Rupley, author, Antarctica

Season of Eclipse is a thrill ride through the trust-no-one aftermath of a terrorist attack, and a meditation on the nature of self. Reading this novel is at once a shot of adrenaline and a deep, cleansing breath.” — Cheryl E. Klein, author, Crybaby: Infertility, Illness, and Other Things That Were Not the End of the World

“Who is Marielle Wing, and how does she stay ahead of an enemy that knows her every move and mistake? And as fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances shift, Marielle must test the limits of what she’s capable of to find the truth. This thrilling novel is one that you can't wait to find out what happens next, and yet, also want to read slowly and savor the delicious sentences. Will Marielle survive?” — Kathleen Brady, author, Language of Light

“Marielle Wing’s journey reminds us that in a world where the worst of humanity is perpetually on display, the best is just as possible. A single act of violence can send your life spinning out of control. Strangers may take you in and bind your wounds, help make you whole again.” — Bronwyn Mauldin, author, Love Songs of the Revolution

“Imagine everything about who you are is erased overnight? Your name, home, career, friends family – poof! Gone! This is exactly what happens to novelist and protagonist Marielle Wing after she witnesses a bombing at JFK airport and snaps a photo of one of the fleeing suspects. In short order, she is whisked by Homeland Security into Witness Protection against her will. Her obituary in the New York Times seals her fate. A suspenseful, moody, sharply layered story, Wolverton’s thrilling Season of Eclipse is also a meditation on identity and breathtaking transformation.” – Elise D’Haene, author, Licking Our Wounds

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