SHELTER US: A Novel
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Lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw is struggling to keep it together for her two young sons and law professor husband, after a family tragedy has left her emotionally reeling. With her husband burying himself in his career and her friendships having withered, she is lost in a private world of grief.
Then one day walking in L.A., Sarah’s heart catches at the sight of a young homeless woman pushing a baby in a stroller—and saving them becomes her secret, obsessive mission. When tragedy threatens them, Sarah discovers she is capable of deceptions and transgressions she never imagined. Her lies unleash a downward spiral that will threaten her marriage, family, and her sanity.
SHELTER US is the winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Literary Fiction, 2016 Gold Medal for Fiction from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards; 2015 Fiction Finalist, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award; and 2015 ALA Sophie Brody Prize Nominee for Jewish Literature.
“A vivid, beautifully written tale of loss and renewal.”
“A truly evocative story. Words are brilliantly weaved together, a gift to read. I was enamored by each sentence. Some people are meant to write, and Laura Nicole Diamond is definitely one of those writers. Shelter Us is a story that will stay with you.”
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Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood
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A jacket blurb suggests that Deliver Me ought to be on the table beside the reading lamp, ready to pick up and enjoy piece by lovely piece. Surely that’s so. But I read it in one sitting, compelled by the powerful, authentic voices heard in the collection’s essays, poems and stories. The authors write with wit, warmth and wisdom about negotiating the tricky curves and blind corners of the bumpy mother-road.
We flinch (and, I admit, try not to laugh out loud) as a young woman’s expectation of childbirth as a warm soak, guided imagery and grateful acceptance of soul-enriching suffering collides with a somewhat different reality . We hear of the secondary benefits of culinary disaster, the delight of an unexpected suitor, the pulse-pounding, brain-shrieking terror of searching for a missing toddler, the sweet savor of a granddaughter’s fleeting closeness, the special circumstances of a stepmother’s love and loss, the precious textures, scents and wondrous words of tiny boys at bedtime.
We feel the guilt of wanting more, of resenting the loss of one’s self to the demands of family, while grasping for the “should” of gratitude and contentment.
Editor/author Diamond and her fellow contributors have produced a collection that enlightens and inspires, evoking tears, laughter and, most of all, the YES of recognition.
At this moment, I can’t think of a book I’d rather share.
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