Novelist to virtually visit Brainerd Public Library on July 26

Kathleen West is author of "Are We There Yet?"

Kathleen West, author of "Are We There Yet". Submitted Photo (July 2021)

The Brainerd Public Library will host Minnesota novelist Kathleen West virtually from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, July 26, as part of its Brown Bag Lunch author visits.

West will discuss her new book, "Are We There Yet?" as a live event on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.

In the novel, Alice Sullivan feels like she’s finally found her groove in middle age, but it only takes one moment for her perfectly curated life to unravel. On the same day she learns her daughter is struggling in second grade, a call from her son’s school accusing him of bullying throws Alice into a tailspin.

When it comes to light that the incident is part of a new behavior pattern for her son, one complete with fake social media profiles with a lot of questionable content, Alice’s social standing is quickly eroded to one of “those moms” who can’t control her kids. Soon she’s facing the very judgement she was all too happy to dole out when she thought no one was looking (or when she thought her house wasn’t made of glass).

Then her mother unloads a family secret she’s kept for more than 30 years, and Alice’s entire perception of herself is shattered.


West is a veteran school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her A+ human family and two B- dogs.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. The Friends are celebrating the 22nd season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.

For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page at

"Are We There Yet" by author Kathleen West. Submitted Photo (July 2021)

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