Three Graces and Charlie
Three women loved the same man, and continue to love him, even after his suicide. Decades later, he still haunts their lives and their loves through marriages, affairs, and children. By reconnecting with each other, and facing the trauma of his death, they come to discover their true selves—and absolution.
In the early 1990s the popular college rock group, the Three Graces, takes the stage in DC and the crowd goes wild. Everyone agrees: the Graces have something special—and charismatic drummer Charlie Barrett is their heartbeat. Shortly after, Charlie leaps to his death, ending the band’s success and the Graces’ peace of mind.
Twenty years later, Thea, the group’s songwriter, decides to quit writing her highly successful erotic gardening blog, but is uncertain what will come next. She resolves to purge herself of Charlie’s ghost and begins writing a screenplay telling the story of Charlie and the Three Graces. Read an interview with lead protagonist, Thea.
Hazel, the band’s lead singer, ran away first from an abusive childhood home, and then ran again from Charlie’s suicide. Now a New York celebrity perfumer, she’s good at pretending to be happy. When her long-time lover dies, revealing his own façade—one Hazel never could have guessed—she seeks solace with her oldest friends, Thea and Natalie. The reception is decidedly mixed.
Meanwhile, an earthquake shakes Natalie out of her comfortable suburban existence, leading her to Neil, caretaker of the historic garden behind her house. As the distance between Natalie and her husband grows, she and Neil embark on a garden project—and more.
As this multi-strand story unfolds, each woman searches through past and present to understand the reason for Charlie’s death. Each struggles with the others, and with herself, ultimately reinventing themselves as women and as artists.