Now and at the Hour by Bess Kercher
"Bess Kercher writes a wonderful story of a young boy's love for his mother in her debut novel, Now and at the Hour. A lovely tale of courage, friendship, faith, and family, here's a special book parents and teens will enjoy reading together."
—New York Times bestselling author Lynne Hinton, The Beekeeper's Wife, Friendship Cake, and others
"Bess Kercher's debut novel brilliantly captures the singular world of a middle-school kid. Albert Davidson is an endearing, compelling hero, forced to navigate his mother's distressing diagnosis and his own newfound celebrity at the most awkward and uncertain of ages."
—Kimmery Martin, The Queen of Hearts and The Antidote For Everything
"Bess Kercher's new middle grade novel will truly touch your soul. Her intricately woven words illuminate the beauty of compassion, courage, and community arising from unexpected circumstances. The fruitful conversations stemming from this beautifully written novel will bring life and love into your teen's world . . . a family must-read!"
—Catherine Farley, Explore with Mimi picture book series
Twelve-year-old Catholic school kid Albert Davidson finds freedom and adventure skateboarding on the hills and in the parks of San Francisco. He otherwise likes to keep things steady and under tight control—even if he has to tell a few lies to do so. This careful approach to life is upended when his mom is diagnosed with cancer.
Even as Albert struggles to keep things normal by hanging out with his two best friends, his life continues to be full of surprises. While hiking one day near Lands End, he jumps into dangerous waters to rescue a dying shark—an act is that is recorded by onlookers. Suddenly famous online, Albert’s new popularity launches an unusual quest for healing, fueled by his mom’s intensifying battle and his determination to find a cure. A quieter adventure unfolds with the boys and a mysterious stranger, whose unsafe circumstances lead Albert to double down on his secrets and lies. With affliction all around him, will Albert find the remedies he so desperately seeks?
Bess Kercher indulged her love of stories at Davidson College, where she majored in English and dabbled in creative writing. She later obtained a communications degree from Queens University of Charlotte, and began freelance writing shortly thereafter. She has written for local publications and for Huffington Post, and is a founding member of the Charlotte, NC writing collective Writing Group, Ink.
Bess contributed to Charlotteobserver.com from 2013-2017 on their MomsCharlotte platform, authoring parenting essays and creative nonfiction blogs. Her “Mom Haiku” endures as one of her most apt works: "My calling must be* Helping others feel better* (By comparison)". She once won a writing contest as a blogger for skirt!.com and her prize was a copy of the book My Formerly Hot Life, which seemed cruelly apropos, but still made her day—because there’s nothing like putting yourself out there and then feeling like someone gets you. She currently enjoys a cozy lukewarm life in Charlotte with her husband, two sons, and family dog, Maddie.