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UAlbany Author: Kelly Kalmanson ’94 Explores an Unorthodox Man-Woman Relationship “At This Stage”

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 7, 2016) — Can an inappropriate relationship be rerouted into something sublimely appropriate?

That’s what author Kelly Kalmanson explores in her 2014 novel At This Stage, written under her pen name K.K. Weil. Not too surprisingly, the 1994 UAlbany graduate majored in psychology, because her novel’s protagonists, 17-year-old Kaitlyn Fowler and 23-year-old Jackson Wall, share an emotional navigation filled with complexity and discovery. Together they search for Kaitlyn’s unknown father, but also for what they are coming to mean to each other.

“Discovery” is also an apt term for Kalmanson’s writing style, which by design allows her to not completely know how her stories will unfold until she places the pieces together near her pen’s final stroke.

She followed up At This Stage with another novel in 2015, the dark romance Shatterproof, which looks at a young man, who as a child witnessed his father abusing his mother, and asks whether he will repeat the cycle of violence, or find love. A third book by Kalmanson, the novella, Better To Give, will be released by Wild Rose Press for the holiday season.

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