Realities

Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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“The book is by turns humorous, witty, moving, upbeat. Jenny is a warm, sensitive heroine. It’s a pleasure to watch her and a privilege to eavesdrop on her thoughts. Highly recommended…” LIBRARY JOURNAL

Jenny Weaver’s husband committed suicide. 

She’s spending more time with him now than she did when he was alive.

A year after her husband's suicide, Jenny impulsively moves from the Northeast to California. Her young children adjust to the move, but she does not. She has made only one friend, and she's finding it difficult being a single mother.

In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to her dead husband, Richard, telling him about her daily life. She holds nothing back, even telling him when she begins a new romance.

Jenny also writes about the past. She looks back at their marriage and family life, and begins to see how it went wrong. As she gets closer to the truth and the past becomes threatening, she decides not to write to him anymore. But she finds it impossible to stop. The answer to their children's question-- "How-and why-did-Daddy-die?"-- is in the past, and she can't hide from the truth forever.

In this intimate, compelling novel, a young widow discovers her own strength and identity after the devastating loss of her husband. Realities was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club.

“The author endows Jenny and her circle with attributes that make them linger in one’s memory.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Keywords:  Fiction Contemporary women, young widow’s story, widow novels, starting over, widow with children, single mother, second chance, suicide’s wife, healing after suicide, mothers and children

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About the author

Marian D. Schwartz was born in Buffalo, New York. Books were her escape from the legendary Buffalo winters and probably contributed to her becoming a writer. Now she lives in Central Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she enjoys gardening with the exception of fighting deer, who also enjoy her garden by browsing there regularly. Her books include The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage, Harry Danced Divinely, War on Giffort Street, The Writers’ Conference, and Realities, which was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club. 

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Publisher
Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.
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Published on
Dec 17, 2012
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Pages
370
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ISBN
9780988607637
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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“Ms. Schwartz is a powerhouse writer. This book is a jewel, one that will stay with the reader long after the final page.” InD’tale Magazine


Sara wants this baby more than she has ever wanted anything.


Sara has worked her entire life to overcome the name Barefield. To be a Barefield in the rural Appalachian county where she grew up means that you are the poorest of the poor, that you are shiftless and untrustworthy, lazy and stupid. Sara has succeeded in proving that she is none of those things. At the age of forty she has a nice apartment, a decent car, and a good job as a school secretary.


Tully Rutland, a Vietnam War veteran who is the father of her baby and the only man Sara has ever loved, dies before she tells him that she’s pregnant. The Rutlands have never approved of Sara. She feels that her only choice is to move away so she can make a new life for herself and her baby.


Sara has practically no savings and no one to support her. She knows she will have to go on welfare, but she escaped poverty once and believes she can do it again. But the poverty Sara plunges into after she gives birth is beyond anything she had expected. She never imagined she’d be facing eviction and the possibility of living on the street. Nearly overwhelmed by her situation, she must find a way out.


“First and foremost, get a box of tissues because you are going to cry and get angry and be dumbfounded all at the same time. When you are done you will want to tell everyone about this book! I highly recommend it.” Andrea L. Stoekel 


“Sara isn’t a quitter. She does what is necessary to survive, and the reader goes on this incredible journey with her, accompanying a decent, determined woman as she wends her way through the underside of American life, fighting to achieve her dreams. You’ll cheer her on as she tells you her compelling story.”  The Midwest Book Review


Keywords: Women’s Contemporary fiction, pregnant and alone, hand to mouth, eviction, Appalachia, white trash, getting off welfare, welfare mother, single mother by choice, single mother stories


The acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, about living in the aftermath of Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
 
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
 
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.
 
Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.
 
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.

— Washington Post, Best Memoirs of 2016

“This is a really good book and reading experience, especially for those of us who are writers, for those of us who have attended this kind of conference or workshop... So true and accurate…” S.Rak  


 The world of traditional publishing has secrets…

Laura Belmont has finished writing her first novel. She enrolls in the Clymer Workshop, one of the oldest writers' conferences in the country. Her plan is to make a connection with one of the famous staff authors or a literary agent who will help her get a publishing contract.

 

Over two hundred people are attending the conference for the same reason Laura is there. The male writers on the staff are more interested in her body than in her manuscript. She goes to creative writing workshops unaware of the literary politics being played in the shadows by the famous authors teaching her—the favors made, the courtesies given, the grudges held. Even an author’s wife becomes fair game.

 

The only offer Laura gets comes with a veiled threat. Then something extraordinary happens...

 

“The twists of the plot are unexpected; there is so much information about the realities of the publishing world; and her characters' dark sides and hope breathe life into a well-constructed novel. A great read.”  Lillian Bloom


“I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this excellent novel, and I was pleased to read so many reviews from writers who confirm that the description of the conference is quite accurate.” A. Rees


 Keywords: literary fiction, Story about writers, creative writing workshops, getting a literary agent, writers’ conferences, novels about writers, literary success, writers at work, writers on writing, inside publishing, aspiring writers


#1 New York Times Best Seller
Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon 

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
 
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.
Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.
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