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'90 grad Francesca Segre publishes book

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Francesca Segre

Class of 1990
Posts: 2
Location: Venice, CA

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: '90 grad Francesca Segre publishes book Reply with quote

Dear Austin High friends,

How the heck are you?

I know it's been awhile. And I know many of you don't live in Austin
anymore, but I figured I'd reach out to you all the same and tell you
what's new.

What's new? My first novel, Daughter of the Bride, is on bookstore
shelves now!

To celebrate the book's arrival, I'm coming back to Austin in one week to
do a signing and reading at

Book People
603 N. Lamar
May 16, 7pm, 2006

I hope you can make it or forward this email on to local people who might
be interested.

Since the novel is loosely based on my life, there are scenes in it from
Town Lake and other favorite Austin spots.

For more information, please visit A brief
description of the story is below.

I can't wait to see you!

Thank you!

Francesca '90

Daughter of the Bride is based on my experience of watching my mom
re-marry. Yup. There she was, pushing sixty, widowed, discovering new
love and planning an elaborate wedding. There I was, of prime marrying
age (29,) dating like mad, and finding myself frustrated. Sure, I was
happy to help her pick her white wedding gown, but I kept thinking, "isn't
that supposed to me?" I soon realized I was acting as the 'mother of the
bride' to my own mother.

Turns out I was not alone in this role reversal. A bit of research proved
that more young people are postponing marriage until they're older, and
second marriages are common. I looked all over for a "how-to" guide for
the daughter of the bride. No luck. So, I wrote a book.

The story shows that amid these awkward circumstances, there is humor: at
the bridal salons, the sales ladies thought I was the bride. There is
opportunity: my mother and I grew closer as we navigated our way through
the process. And there is hope: in our parents' remarriages, we can find
proof that it's never too late to find love.

What's more? The story has been optioned for a movie for Goldie Hawn to
play the mom!

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Rachel Pangborn McCasland

Class of 1990
Posts: 5
Location: Round Rock

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi! I just read your post and was hoping I had not missed the book signing.
But today is May 31st so I presume I did miss seeing you!
How are you? Are you married? I live in Round Rock with my family and have
now for almost 7 years. We love it! After graduating from SWT in 1995 with a
BS in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement I got married in 1998 to a great guy
named Lee. We had our first child, a son named Grant in 2001 and then had
our daughter Kendal in 2004.
I have been at home since having Grant and enjoy being with the
kids full time while their small but growing quickly. I still have a lot of
family that live in Austin so we make the treck over to the Circle C area
once a week or so. Would love to hear how you are doing. Take Care!
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