Hollye Dexter

Mom. Author. Singer. Activist.

COMING SOON: Better Off Without You, A Novel
Have you ever fantasized what it would be like to escape your problems and disappear from your life? To start again in a new place with a new name, a complete blank slate? Though Theresa D’Agostino leads what others might consider an enviable life, inside she is unraveling, and feels trapped by unsolvable problems. She struggles with depression from an abusive childhood, married a man who doesn’t love her, and has a teenaged daughter, Veronika, who resents her. In addition, she finds herself faced with a life-altering decision which, no matter how she chooses, can only make things worse.
When a national tragedy occurs, an opportunity presents itself, allowing Theresa to disappear from her troubled life. She flees the country, leaving behind her husband and teenage daughter Veronica,  stumbling into a small town in Canada where she reinvents herself. In that small town, living a small life, she soon learns that she can’t outrun her past, or the things that haunt her in the quiet, still moments. She has no choice but to face the truth of her life and the fallout from her decisions. The story is told from both Theresa’s point of view, and the teenage daughter she left behind, exploring the complicated mother-daughter dance, and the ways we push each other away when all we really want is to love each other. Better Off Without You is a story of loss, hope and renewal, and the unexpected relationships that arise in the ashes of disaster.