Debut novel explores emotional toll broken families have on parents, grandparents and children



The tale of three generations — mother, son, and granddaughter — discover
how to love despite their fears.


Detroit, Mich. (May 15, 2017) “Wild Butterflies,”  Katherine F. Green’s debut novel, is available in paperback at The BookMark independent bookstore, and and for digital download on Nook, Kindle and iBooks.

“Wild Butterflies” is the multigenerational story of the Angell family — Rita, Bill, and Cory — all striving for love but each one going about it the wrong way.

Normally fond of fairy tales and fun with friends, Cory has other things on her mind. Like, why is she living with her grandmother while all her friends have a mother, a father or both to heap hugs and kind words on them at the end of a long school day? Feeling rejected, Cory takes up lying and stealing.

Always angry, Rita is tired of raising children and, maybe, too tired for that dapper old man from church who keeps sniffing around her door.

Bill’s confused. He’s confused about his bitter mother, his ex-wife, the beautiful woman he desires to know better, and the withdrawn daughter he wishes he had more time for.

Too caught up in their own dysfunction, anxiety, and drama, none of them realizes there’s a real monster just waiting to strike.

Touching and human, Katherine F. Green’s debut novel “Wild Butterflies” explores issues that affect 2.7 million grandparents, 12 million single parents, and 35 percent of American children. It is the tender story of a multigenerational family longing for understanding in difficult circumstances and the people who teach them what love really means.

Formerly a schoolteacher, a journalist at the Detroit Free Press, and a journalism instructor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit, Katherine F. Green is now retired and living with the beauty of marshes, rivers, and live oak trees in South Carolina with her loving husband, Dennis, where they enjoy visits from their children and grandchildren.

Katherine has volunteered her time at nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of youth and continues to support organizations that make improving the lives of children their priority.