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An Old Woman Walks Into A Bar

Deborah Shouse

A fun and energetic debut novel from

Nursing a beer at a local bar in the middle of the day, Grace wonders if she has anything left in the tank at age 78.  Widowed and retired from teaching, she discovers renewed purpose by spearheading a free community preschool. But when she’s ousted from the project by a younger superstar fundraiser with a dark secret, Grace faces another quandary.

Should she be true to herself or do whatever it takes to reach her goal? Before she can answer that question, she’s off catching a thief, flying cross-town on a Harley, turning into a YouTube sensation, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love again. Grace puts a new twist on an ageless joke: Who knows what will happen when an old woman walks into a bar?

I am in love with this book, its protagonist Grace, her town, and the divinely delicious details. It’s all delivered via glorious writing.

     — Victoria Moran, author of Creating A Charmed Life

An Old Woman walks into this wonderful novel that's full of kind people and small, important happenings of love, loss, laughter and chocolate cake. Deborah Shouse has created a world that is so charming you'll wish you could sit around Grace's kitchen table and drink her special coffee with these good folks.

     — Nancy Pickard, author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning 

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Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, creativity catalyst, laughter facilitator, and dementia advocate.


She has an MBA but uses it only in emergencies.


Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Natural Awakenings, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Spirituality & Health, and The Chicago Tribune.

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