"Moving, insightful, and deeply compassionate, The Other Side of Nothing is a remarkable and important read."
—J. J. ELLIOTT, author of There Are No Rules for This
" Riveting, devastating, redemptive. The Other Side of Nothing is both intimate and cosmic—intellectually, physically, and emotionally. I was holding my breath until the final pages.”
—SHELLEY BLANTON-STROUD, author of the Jane Benjamin novels
The day after her eighteenth birthday, Julia Reeves checks herself into a psychiatric facility, longing to find a way out of the grief and guilt that have engulfed her since her father’s untimely death. What she finds is fellow suicide attempt survivor Sam Lorenzo, a brilliant twenty-three-year-old photographer. Sam brings beauty and light back into Julia’s life, so when he asks her to escape with him on a cross-country odyssey, she agrees.
Before Julia can process what she’s done, the two young lovers are on the run.
When Julia’s mother, Laura, learns Julia has disappeared and authorities will do nothing to help find her, Laura forms an uneasy alliance with the sole person who has as much to lose as she does: Sam’s mother, Arabella. Armed with only a handful of clues, the two mothers embark on a journey of their own, desperately hoping to save their children before they are lost forever.
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". . . as chilling as it is affecting . . . A hypnotic page-turner about the frightening haziness between past and present." —KIRKUS REVIEWS
WINNER OF THE 2023 SARTON AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2023 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY FICTION
Kate Whittier has it all—a loving, even-keeled husband, two great kids, and a beautiful home in Southern California. But Kate is living a lie. In a desperate attempt to create for her children the safe, happy family she never had, she has been hiding dark secrets for decades—things she’s convinced make her unworthy of her wellborn husband, Jacob, and the privileged life he has provided.
Then, one ordinary evening, Jacob confesses to a drunken sexual indiscretion he doesn’t quite remember, and Kate cracks open. Molten memories rise to the surface. Volatile emotions swirl. Triggered in ways she didn't see coming, Kate is overwhelmed by rage she cannot explain and fear of who she might become.
Her marriage unraveling, Kate returns to her childhood home, hoping to find closure. Instead, as the past invades the present and relationships collide, Kate discovers she's not the only one lying—and the truth may not set anyone free.
The International Memoir Writers Association is thrilled to present the fifth volume of compelling true stories from our annual Memoir Showcase contest. This volume's winning selections are inspired by the theme, But I'm Still Here.
This engaging and entertaining volume is filled with stories such as escaping a wildfire as flames engulf your car, being hunted by a hammerhead shark, and finding yourself left behind on a wartorn tarmac on your first day as an election worker in Afghanistan. In the spirit of the Shaking the Tree series, this anthology goes there-unapologetically.
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Shaking the Tree features 29 talented authors in one stunning anthology. The Memoir Showcase, Marni Freedman, and Tracy J. Jones are proud to present a selection of our most compelling, true stories drawn from our annual contests.
These pivotal portraits speak to our diverse community and its willingness to share the most challenging, awe-inspiring moments that make up the human experience. From life-changing moments with a Maasai warrior to a wild and unexpected coming-of-age tale in a carnival, Shaking the Tree reveals moments of courage, vulnerability, humor, and honesty.
The stories within these pages are breathtaking.
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