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"Second Acts by Teri Emory depicts the enduring friendship among three women who met as students at Buffalo College in the late 1960s; now in middle age, each narrates one of three sections of this vivid first novel...Emory's unhurried prose braids the complex personal stories of these three women as they come to grips with loss, choices and compromise. All the while their bond of friendship flourishes in a changing world." 

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"Intelligent, witty, and filled with true feeling, Second Acts is a meditation on resillience, second chances, and the unfaltering strength of women's friendships."

—Foreword Reviews


"Teri Emory has fashioned a debut novel with the perspective and intelligence of a more seasoned writer—a "second act" in and of itself. This engaging story of three lifelong friends whose lives are intertwined is imbued with a warm tone and a witty narrative grounded in the 1960s and moving through contemporary culture with wry observations, heartfelt discoveries, and the celebration of friendship and unconditional love. Emory writes as if she is sitting next to you, spinning out the tale, bringing characters to life, crafting a story you will savor, chapter by chapter."

—Marie Speed, Editor-in-Chief, Boca Raton magazine


"In this affecting and insightful novel, Teri Emory skillfully braids three lives into a unified narrative. Second Acts is an often-painful yet humorous depiction of middle-aged life and offers us an essential reminder that we need to share our joy with those we love. In American lives one can live many acts:  it's never too late to begin again and again."

—Michael Thomas, author of Man Gone Down, winner of the International Dublin

                 Literary Award


"I loved this book. I was instantly drawn in to the lives of the three protagonists. The writing is clear and involving and rich and layered."

–Heidi Mastrogiovanni, author of Lala Pettibone's Act Two




I'm honored to see the publication of SECOND ACTS acknowledged in the Winter 2018 issue of my undergrad alumni magazine, AT BUFFALO. Of course, most people with whom I went to college don't know me as Teri Emory—my surname then was Rudinsky—but no matter.

Huge thanks to the University at Buffalo (though you'll always be SUNYAB to me).


Here's the blurb:

Teri Emory (BA '70)
Emory's novel follows the lives of three women— Sarah, Miriam and Beth— from the beginning of their friendship in a UB dorm room in the late 1960s. As the years roll by, conflicts— from old relationships to sexist bosses—arise, and they are forced to confront the lasting effects of decisions and actions made long ago. But the trio consistently draw strength from their unwavering bond to come to terms with the past and move into the future. (Amberjack Publishing, 2017)”


->Read an excerpt from Second Acts  


Buzz Books is an industry publication that prides itself on predicting "your next great reads." I am thrilled to see Second Acts among the select few highlighted in the current issue. And amid such august company!

Here's the excerpt: Buzz Books Fall/Winter 2017