Kate Sebeny
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa and her master’s at Iowa State University. She’s taught undergraduate writing at two universities, and held editorships at a regional newspaper and a national magazine. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her writing.

The author of the novella The Last Best Thing , Kate is currently at work on two full-length books: a novel and a collection of essays. She’s also a museum exhibition copywriter and has renovated every place she’s lived, including the historical Madison County jailhouse in Winterset, Iowa. She resides at her latest rehab project on the Des Moines River, along with her three dogs and three cats.
The Last Best Thing
By Kate Sebeny
“What started out 50 years ago as an annual party evolved into a yearly reunion and then a way of life. It’s sort of like a geriatric Big Chill.”
Sam and Sarah are the elderly owners of a farm in central Iowa that turns into a private retirement community when it also becomes home to a disabled friend, a destitute neighbor and her daughter, and an expatriate artist. Together, this close-knit group confronts the hardships and disappointments of age and infirmity with courage, humanity and humor.
But beneath the surface, this rustic “home away from the old folks’ home” is not everything it seems. One of its inhabitants is a killer. Another is her victim.
How far will these lifelong friends go to help each other when their way of life is threatened? Witness what loyalty and sacrifice really mean to this unlikely group of people gathered together under one roof.

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