When Michelle Trutor escapes her violent domestic life for the Wharton home, she plans to write a biography of the deceased matriarch, Caroline. But Caroline has left a web of riddles as guides to a secretive and nefarious life. Trutor & the Ballooonist is a playful, engrossing, and suspenseful first novel about family, legacy, and inheritance, written with tremendous affection for its cast of offbeat survivors.
"In Trutor & the Balloonist, Debbie Lee Wesselmann cross-pollinates contemporary realism with Daphne DuMaurier-like intrigue. The resulting hybrid makes for fascinating reading. I was hooked!" -- Wally Lamb
"Riddle me this. What has the clues of Raymond Chandler, the allegories of Lewis Carroll, and the quirky characters of Anne Tyler? This book." -- Booklist
"You'll want to portion out chapters as rewards to yourself . . . This story has a ton of heart." -- The Bloomsbury Review