THE BOOK: Finding Grace,
PUBLISHED IN: July, 2022
THE AUTHOR: Maren Cooper.
THE EDITOR: Annie Tucker
THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press, an award winning hybrid publisher.
SUMMARY: Chuck and Caroline meet in college biology lab and drift into a relationship of his design. Mesmerized by her drive, Chuck sees in Caroline, an orphan like himself, a partner who will help him face the world. Chuck couldn’t be more wrong. He wants a home, a family, roots.
But Caroline, a gifted ornithologist, plans a life of travel and adventure—following her heart’s desire, and her birds, wherever they may take her. And, she expects Chuck to tag along.
When Caroline gets pregnant against her wishes, Chuck assumes she will change her mind. She doesn’t.
Their daughter Grace falls through the devastating schism that grows between her parents. When Grace finally runs away, everything becomes a bargaining chip in a very high stakes game.
THE BACK STORY: I was intrigued about the concept of an ‘unreliable narrator’ and decided to try my hand at developing that into a character(s). I also wanted to work role reversal in a family to create a new dynamic in a family. I wrote it over a year, and edited and re-wrote for months after that.
WHY THIS TITLE?: Of course, there is a lost child, which is obvious by reading the blurbs, but “Finding Grace” also refers to the state of grace that is possible, even for unusual characters, to achieve.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT?
*Parents who struggle to practice unconditional love with a troubled child
*Those who like emotionally charged stories
*Children who struggle with narcissistic parents
*Anyone who longs for connection in a community
*All of us who yearn for a hopeful ending to a difficult situation
*Readers who appreciate coming of age stories
“Emotionally charged and written exceptionally well, author Maren Cooper created a perfect atmosphere and a solid plot…I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves emotionally charged stories with substance!” —Readers’ Favorite, 5-Star Review
“Riveting Read!! Maren Cooper did an excellent job tying in the themes of a dysfunctional home, single parenting, mental illness, and forgiveness/reconciliation in one engaging story. This book is the type that keeps you glued to your seat.”—Goodreads review
“Wow, what a fascinating read! This domestic drama checks every box for a truly dysfunctional home. Exceptionally written, this gripping story reveals a broad spectrum of toxic behaviors and their inescapable consequences. This book would definitely open up a very interesting book club discussion.”—Goodreads review
“[Cooper’s] characterizations of the three major characters are raw and realistic, and her story ably navigates the complexities of a dysfunctional family…An effective exploration of one family’s complicated troubles.”—Kirkus Reviews
AUTHOR PROFILE: “After spending time at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, I was inspired to try my own hand at writing, and was hooked! I love being in the zone with characters I create and making sense of their challenges. Now that I’m retired from a busy career in business, I have time to write, serve as a volunteer for various non-profits and spend time with my grandchildren. I prioritize making time to retreat to the shore of Lake Superior where I hike and watch the deer devour my hosta.
“My debut novel, A Better Next, was published in May of 2019 by She Writes Press. My third novel, yet to be titled, is in the queue to be published in the Fall of 2023.”
Compatible life goals are important in a marriage; when parenthood is the wish of only one parent, the child may suffer.
Choosing parenthood carries an obligation to do your best to raise a child to adulthood, with love and guidance, regardless of the sacrifice it may require, the strength of your marriage, or the health of the child. You are not guaranteed an easy ride. Adulthood is a moving target.
With constant love and tough choices, it can be done well, even with the odds against you.
Happy endings are possible.
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LOCAL OUTLETS: A sampling of Minnesota bookstores:
Milkweed Books in Minneapolis
Second Chapter books in St. Paul
Lake Country Books in White Bear Lake
Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth
Zenith Bookstore in Duluth
Scout and Morgan in Cambridge
Back Forty Books in Two Harbors
Drury Books in Grand Marais
Barnes and Noble in Roseville WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT:
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