This week’s other featured books, “Krakow,” by Sean Akerman and “Phobophobia,” by Karl Elder, can be found by scrolling down below this post. or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.
THE BOOK: From the Lake House: A Woman’s Odyssey of Loss and Love.
PUBLISHED IN: July 2020
THE AUTHOR: Kristen Rademacher
THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press
SUMMARY: Dizzy with grief after a shattering breakup, Kristen did what any sensible thirty-nine-year-old woman would do: she fled, abandoning her well-ordered life in metropolitan Boston and impulsively relocating to a college town in North Carolina to start anew with a freshly divorced southerner. Dismissing the neon signs that flashed Rebound Relationship, Kristen was charmed by the host of contrasts with her new beau. He loved hunting and country music, she loved yoga and NPR; he worried about nothing, she worried about everything. The luster of her new romance and small-town lifestyle soon—and predictably—faded, but by then a pregnancy test stick had lit up. As Kristen’s belly grew, so did her concern about the bond with her partner—and so did a fierce love for her unborn child. Ready or not, she was about to become a mother. And then, tragedy struck. Poignant and insightful, From the Lake House explores the echoes of rash decisions and ill-fated relationships, the barren and disorienting days an aching mother faces without her baby, and the mysterious healing that can take root while rebuilding a life gutted from loss.
THE BACK STORY: The seeds for From the Lake House can be found in the first journal I’d kept after losing a baby. A friend had gifted me with the journal so I’d have a place to let my feelings flow. I wrote regularly, almost obsessively, and looking back, I’m certain that my journal functioned as a sort of lifeboat in those turbulent early days of grief. Over time, I grew to enjoy writing so much that I joined a writing group. Turns out that the leader of this group had written a memoir about her long-ago experience of losing a baby, and turns out I’d read this very memoir after losing my baby. I had no clue we’d lived in the same town. Eventually, five women and I became steady and dedicated members of this writing group and we stayed together for years. In the company of these talented writers—who also became my dear friends—I began to write my memoir in earnest, mining my first journal for details. Many drafts and over a decade later, I completed the book.
WHY THIS TITLE: The opening scene of the memoir shows me packing up and moving out of a small home on the edge of a lake. It becomes clear to the reader that this lake house had served as a sanctuary to me after life as I’d known it had disappeared. At age 40 I’d lost a baby, and after losing the relationship as well, I crash-landed at The Lake House to start life anew.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: From the Lake House explores a range of themes: the complicated grief of stillbirth, issues of identity as a woman gives up her dream of motherhood, and the idea of leaving an old life behind and starting a new one. Most importantly, From the Lake House is for anyone—whether having suffered infant loss or not—who wants to read a story of resilience and hope.
“Over the course of this book, in well-structured, descriptive prose, Rademacher effectively leads readers through a gradually withering romantic relationship that culminates in a tragedy . . . Some of the most painful sections of the book are her loving letters to the little girl whom she held for but an hour, and whom she named Carly. It soon becomes clear that these missives helped to lead her back from a precipice of despair, so that she could finally face her future. A poignant and painful remembrance with comforting messages for the grieving.” ―Kirkus Reviews “Kristen Rademacher’s achingly honest memoir about her losses of place, partner, and much-anticipated baby daughter Carly resonates with courage and an abiding gratitude for the preciousness of life. A truly tender reflection about loss that illuminates the devastating experience of baby loss.” ―Janel Atlas, writer and editor of They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth “From the Lake House is an intimate, inspiring story of surviving in a world where blessings and tragedy walk hand in hand. Written with tender honesty and luscious language, it is a joy to read, even amidst the pangs of heartache and loss. As a bereaved mother, I found myself nodding in agreement with so many of Rademacher’s experiences of life after the death of a child . . . This book is for memoir-lovers and anyone who finds themselves in a turbulent relationship or who has said goodbye to a dearly loved child . . . Rademacher champions solitude for its healing capacities and the wholeness birthed from dogged, hard-earned resiliency. Perceptive and endearing, it is a moving saga of motherhood.” ―Alexis Marie Chute, award-winning author of Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss “In this beautifully written and poignant memoir, we learn that though people and dreams die, relationships don’t. If we’re attuned, the dead can transform our lives, offering enduring love and guidance―and hope.” — Carol Henderson, author of Losing Malcolm: A Mother’s Journey Through Loss and Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers
AUTHOR PROFILE: Kristen Rademacher lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. With a Master’s Degree in Education and a Professional Coaching Certification, Kristen’s career in education spans over thirty years. She is an Academic Coach and ADHD Specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kristen channels her creativity through writing, cooking and knitting. She also loves a long mountain hike, an afternoon lost in a juicy book or podcast, and the company of beloved family and friends. Kristen began writing regularly in 2004 as a way to cope with the loss of her baby. Her debut memoir is titled: From The Lake House: A Mother’s Odyssey of Loss and Love. Visit her at kristenrademacher.com.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: Publishing a book is a dream come true!
SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). See my Amazon page
LOCAL OUTLETS: Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Indiebound.org, Bookshop.org
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: visit Kristen at kristenrademacher.com or on Facebook @kristenrademacherauthor