Release Date: July 19, 2022
About The Book:
Thrilled to start married life in Two Harbors, Minnesota with his ornithologist bride, Charles Booker, blinded by his own need, succumbs to an impulse to trick his wife Caroline into a pregnancy which she doesn’t want.
Caroline, bold and unapologetic, follows her own nature and holds Chuck to his promise to parent their daughter, allowing Caroline to travel the world and her birds, wherever they may take her. This uneasy truce results in near tragedy for their daughter Grace, who comes of age in a household of toxic resentment and suffocating love, by turns.
This family saga is told by all three of the characters involved, in a braided narrative which chronicles the struggles and eventual insight gained by each over the years from Charles and Caroline’s courtship through Grace’s early adulthood.
The dramatic setting of Lake Superior conjures up a poignant coming-of-age story which tempts readers to intervene as they witness the three main characters move about as if on separate ice floes.
About The Author:
Maren Cooper grew up in the Midwest and now resides in Minnesota. She currently serves as a volunteer for various nonprofits and retreats fre- quently to the shore of Lake Superior, where she loves to hike and watch the deer devour her hosta. Her debut novel, Better Next, was published in May of 2019 by She Writes Press. Visit her at www.marencooper.com.
“Over the course of this often heartbreaking novel, Cooper delves into a number of disturbing themes, such as mental illness, guilt, and personal ambition. Her 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
“In Maren Cooper’s character-driven novel Finding Grace, a family secret leads to ruptures and reconciliations.”—Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Finding Grace is a novel that anyone who has raised a child can embrace—the chronicle of a parent’s search for what he’s afraid might be lost forever. It’s a gut-wrenching tale yet told with immense compassion and a true voice. Although it doles out its share of anguish, it is, in the end, a stunning portrait of courage. Maren Cooper offers readers a story for our time, with all its complexities and challenges, a journey that never waivers from the path toward hope and redemption.”—William Kent Krueger, New York Times best-selling author of This Tender Land
“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
“Finding Grace is a riveting dive into the heartache and terror that parents experience dealing with a child who lapses into mental illness during adolescence. It’s a keen portrayal of the ways in which childhood trauma shapes lives. An added attraction is Maren Cooper’s wonderfully evocative descriptions of Lake Superior in all its moods and seasons.”—Ames Sheldon, author of Eleanor’s Wars, Don’t Put the Boats Away, and Lemons in the Garden of Love
“Finding Grace is a heartrending story of a father’s unconditional love for his daughter, the strength of that bond over time and distance, and the fortitude of a community to band together in difficult times. Maren Cooper skillfully leads her readers through a labyrinth of love, hope, commitment, and the complexity of relationships. This is an emotional must-read that will make you feel sad, happy, grateful, and hopeful.”—Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury
“Finding Grace will ring true for any parent who has shepherded a child through the perils of mental illness. Filled with flawed but genuine characters, Cooper’s tale delves into the complex mix of devotion, despair, fear, and hope inherent in unconditional love. A book that will linger in your heart long after you turn the final page.”—Susan Ritz, author of A Dream to Die For
“Cold mothers and troubled children. A father’s desperate wish for vital and lasting connections. The peculiar, senseless decision-making of teens who are hurting. Second chances at love. The essence of community. These are the themes in Maren Cooper’s Finding Grace. Set on the shores of Minnesota’s Lake Superior country, the novel’s beautiful descriptions of the harsh beauty in the outside world perfectly frame the complex inner worlds of the central characters. This is a poignant story of enduring love’s victory over disappointment and trauma.”—Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness and Hard Cider
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