Once a Homecoming Queen

A Novel

Once A Homecoming Queen is a darkly humorous novel about addiction and redemption, featuring a 75-year-old, Francine-Reynolds-Richelli-Freeman, whose extreme alcohol consumption leads to a bevy of problems including her latest—a fall that breaks her neck, leaving her daughter and those who care about her to help Francine make peace with her past and re-imagine her future.

Angry and resentful about how her life has turned out, Francine’s humor leans to the dark side, but she’s likeable and unforgettable—emotionally tender, loving and authentic with an unflinching personality. Think Phyllis Diller on Steroids. Having been a former drug and alcohol counselor, and as the adult child of an alcoholic, Joan wanted to write a uniquely entertaining story about senior addiction as it related to family dynamics and dysfunction.