". . . as chilling as it is affecting . . . A hypnotic page-turner about the frightening haziness between past and present." —KIRKUS REVIEWS
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.
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The San Diego Memoir Writers Association is honored to present the third volume of compelling true stories drawn from our annual Memoir Showcase contest. This year's winning selections address the theme of I Didn't See That One Coming. While these stories were written before the global pandemic, they offer reflections on how unseen events shape our lives.
This bold and entertaining volume is filled with riveting stories such as being kidnapped at gunpoint and solving the mystery of a father you never knew, as well as lighthearted pieces about having the best sex of your life in your eighties. In the spirit of the Shaking the Tree series, this book goes there-unapologetically.
You can't make this stuff up.
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. You can’t make this stuff up.
An eclectic anthology from the California literary scene edited by writers Marni Freedman and Carlos de los Rios, comprised of winning pieces by: Rebecca Chamaa, Cornelia S. Feye, Lisa Franek, Michelle D. Furtado, Ingrid M. Hoffmeister, Brian Peyton Joyner, Jack Larkin, Karen A. Malfara, Victoria Melekian, Sarah Tauber and Anastasia Zadeik; also featuring a poem by William Freedman.