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To Air The Laundry

Release Date: May 21, 2019

The Girl With The Empty Suitcase



Far from a fairy-tale romance, this book still conveys a heroic and enduring love. I was inspired by this down-to-earth, relate-able couple and MacDonald’s care for them. 


A beautifully honest story of two lives intertwining through the very relatable obstacles of life!


This book has the distinct feel of turning the pages of an old photo album created by a gifted photographer. Highly recommended reading.


In The Girl with the Empty Suitcase, we met Danielle, who, among other things, has a complicated relationship with her mother. This is her mother's story... before she is a mother.

Sharon gasped, clutching at the edges of the dream before it evaporated into the black of early morning. Albert blew the remembrance further out of reach with each soft snore.


It’s a late spring day in 1969 and Sharon has been married eleven months. For eleven months she’s woken up and made her husband his coffee and meals. She’s cleaned his dishes, his house, his laundry. She’s filled her days in her effort to be a good wife.


But Sharon has a secret, something even Albert doesn’t know. It’s a secret she’s buried beneath years and silence and sad smiles.


Trying to reconcile her past decisions with her current realities, and her relationships and promises with her own wants, Sharon stumbles through her day. She faces questions, uncertainties, conflicts, routines, and above all, her own truths.


At times painful, at others triumphant, but always sincere, this emotional story offers an unflinching window into a single day in a time not far removed from our own, and a woman grappling with the secret that shapes her life.


Reviews are always greatly appreciated!

Release Date: November 1, 2017

My debut novel is a piece of women's literary fiction, following one woman through her life. The reader gets to have glimpses of significant moments that make up her identity, her relationships, and her life:

The suitcase sat at the top of Danielle’s closet for years, holding memories, promises, and undeveloped film. 

From struggling with homework, to her final farewells with her parents, this is the story of one woman’s life and loves. Through hopes and laughter, heartaches and tears, Danielle is shaped by the family, friends, and romances around her.

This emotional story gives us a woman, a window through whom we may see our own realities, our own challenges, our own quiet triumphs.



Reviews are always greatly appreciated!


As understated as quiet Sharon, the writing conveys the power of suppression. It becomes a force larger than her life, reaching out of the book to touch our pasts, our secrets. [...] A literary historical fiction, To Air the Laundry conveys with sensitivity and grace a struggle common to many women, through one woman’s experience. 


Krysta MacDonald writes about being haunted. Haunted by decisions, choices and judgement. A page turner from 5 a.m. through the day. The reader gets to experience "a day in the life". An intense read with piercing, insightful attention to the main character, Sharon. 

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MacDonald tells a story that contains tragedy and triumph [...] This story was easy to follow and I could get a glimpse of the depths of the characters. I enjoyed this, and found it was also a reflection and life discovery for the characters. I look forward to reading more by this author.

(from Amy's Bookshelf Reviews)

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Work in Progress:

Now with To Air the Laundry officially out in the great big world, I've started planning my third novel!  Drafting is beginning, and I'm pretty excited about something a bit different...

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Tentative release date TBA

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