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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kathleen H. Wheeler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Women's Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wheeler is a native of Springfield. She attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After college she moved away for a while but she moved back to Springfield in the early 90's and resides there still today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathleen Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Illinois, she has wordsmithed as a marketing communications professional for ad agencies and corporations. Her writing has been featured in newspaper, trade, and academic publications as well as in ''Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers''.

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Titles At Your Library

Brought To Our Senses: A Family Saga Novel
ISBN: 0996555536

Attunement Publishing. 2016

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
2017 Readers' Favorite Awards Winner
2017 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards Winner

"A profound analysis of complicated family dynamics ... Wheeler's gripping novel is ambitious ..." -Kirkus Reviews

"Very highly recommended as a striking jewel that is a glowing standout ... tense, gripping, and eye-opening ..." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Elizabeth Miller is a thirty-four-year-old mama's girl facing a crisis. Her divorced mother Janice receives a deadly diagnosis and becomes a volatile patient, and her fractured family tailspins toward their last resort--legal guardianship with disastrous fallout.

Elizabeth soon exposes her mother's long-held secret, which lies at the root of her family's problems. With the lines blurred between right and wrong, she travels a path of reconciliation through the heartland of elder care.

A cross between Still Alice by Lisa Genova and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, this family drama is as memorable as The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, as poignant as We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, and as touching as The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth.

From the Great Depression in Nebraska to the 1970s divorce boom in Illinois, Brought To Our Senses chronicles the lives of five generations of family over seventy-five years. The rocky relationships of four siblings complicate efforts to care for an aging parent diagnosed with the mother of all maladies in the new millennium.

Literature & Fiction Categories:
  • Women's Fiction: Sisters
  • Women's Fiction: Mothers & Children
  • Women's Fiction: Divorce
  • Women's Fiction: Domestic Life
  • Genre Fiction: Medical
  • Genre Fiction: Family Saga
  • Genre Fiction: Family Life
  • Contemporary: Women's Fiction


Brought to Our Senses

  • Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards - First Novel, 2017
  • Readers' Favorite Awards Winner - Fiction

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