Story Plant paperback 

ISBN: 978-1-61188-248-3

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-945839-05-4

Publication date: May 9, 2017

290 pages

This wasn’t the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn’t expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn’t have imagined the eight-year-old great-granddaughter of that friend turning her world upside down.

As summer comes around, Beck’s life is unsettled in every way. And that’s before the crazy stuff starts: the sister taunting her with her pregnancy, the infuriatingly perfect boyfriend, the multiple trips to the emergency room. The needy, wise-beyond-her-years little girl finding places in her heart that Beck didn’t even know existed.

Beck has found herself at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it’s time to cross the street.


Crossing the Street 

Molly D. Campbell

“Hilarious and full of heartwarming, familial honesty, Molly’s latest was a joy to read.” 

– Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Molly Campbell’s Crossing the Street is a funny, warm, and charming novel. It was such a pleasure to get lost in this world, and in Campbell’s capable hands.”
– Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars in Our Eyes

Crossing the Street is a compelling story about all the different people in our lives who become family. Campbell draws us into her characters with heart and humor and with a unique voice that will stay with me for a long time. I can’t wait to read her other books!”
– Camille Di Maio, author of The Memory of Us and Before the Rain Falls


“I am crazy about Molly Campbell’s writing. Her characters are funny and real. Her storytelling is fresh and poignant. She breaks the rules and looks fabulous doing so. Crossing the Street is a surprising and unpredictable, thoroughly enjoyable read!”
– Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of Lemongrass Hope and The Secrets of Worry Dolls

Crossing the Street is a quick, entertaining, and original story about the challenges of knowing what to want in a world filled with expectations and pressure. Molly Campbell in her signature irreverent humor has written a novel that is funny, warm and sure to get readers thinking about how both fate and choice create our lives, as long as we are open to both.”
– Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around


Crossing the Street, Molly Campbell’s funny and endearing novel, is about the intersections of our lives, mapping characters as they cross from childhood to adulthood, from middle to old age, from isolation to community, and from sadness to joy. We find connection, humor and love in the oddest, strangest and most gloriously unexpected places, as Crossing the Street illustrates with warmth and generosity.”
– Gina Barecca, author of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? and Babes in Boyland

“Molly Campbell writes with such compassion, wit, and humor that you can’t help but fall in love with Beck and, of course, the spunky, intuitive, brilliant Bob. Crossing the Street is completely heart-wrenching with an ending that will make you ugly-cry.”
– Katie Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Binds that Tie

“A gem of a novel about being open to life and its possibilities when you just don’t wanna. Campbell serves up the mysteries of yearning, envy, and female desire with a perfect side of tenderness and wit.”
– Karen Karbo, award-winning author of the New York Times Notable Book The Diamond Lane

Molly D. Campbell is a two-time Erma Bombeck Writing Award winner and the author of one previous novel, Keep the Ends Loose. Molly blogs at Also an artist, Molly’s work can be found at Molly lives in Dayton with her accordionist husband and four cats.