Sunday, November 13, 2011

Introducing In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano


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IN LEAH’S WAKE
By Terri Giuliano Long
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback, Kindle
ISBN: 1456310542
Publisher: CreateSpace
Website: www.tglong.com

ON THE BACK OF BOOK BLURB

The Tyler family had the perfect life - until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn't want to be perfect anymore.

While her parents fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah's younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.

Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn't enough?

Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel.

DESCRIPTION

Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler—until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.

Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.

Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.

Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.

What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?

This mesmerizing debut novel tells the tale of a contemporary American family caught in the throes of adolescent rebellion - a heartbreaking, funny, ultimately redemptive quest for love, independence, connection and grace.

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PRAISE FOR IN LEAH’S WAKE
In Leah’s Wake is the 2011 BOOK BUNDLZ BOOK CLUB PICK

Recipient of the Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend (CTRR) Award. This award, as selected by reviewers, recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres.

“Terri Long’s accomplished first novel takes the reader on a passionate roller-coaster ride through contemporary parenthood and marriage. It’s sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender.” ~ Susan Straight, National Book Award Finalist, author Take One Candle Light A Room

"In this story of a talented teenager rejecting her golden future, Terri Long accomplishes something quite extraordinary. She manages to write with equal empathy about both Leah and her parents and in so doing creates a powerful and intimate portrait of a family in disarray. I felt I knew these characters better than my friends and neighbors. In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel." ~ Margot Livesey, award-winning author of Banishing Verona and Eva Moves the Furniture

"In Leah’s Wake is an irresistible read. The characters immediately take up residence in your heart because they are people you know. By turns howlingly funny and achingly sad, the book details the vivid, harrowing journey of a fragile family that unravels – and finds redemption – thanks to a teenager’s rebellion. Along the way, there are unflinching truths about adolescence and contemporary society, told in prose that leaps off the page like poetry.  By the book's end, we are stunned by the gritty realization that, no matter how we try, it is impossible for any parent to hold a child safe and close forever. We can only hope that luck is on our side, and love our kids as if there is no tomorrow.” ~ Holly Robinson, Contributing writer, Family Circle, Parents, and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines, author of The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir

There are no quick and easy solutions here for Leah or for her parents. They each struggle through, learning in their own ways and taking responsibility for their actions in their own times, but as they are doing so, they pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life. ~ Jennifer Donovan, Managing Editor 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blogger

"As a mom, I felt what Zoe felt. It tore my heart out to see the promise of a child being being replaced with the nightmare of reality… I’m adding Terri Giuliano Long to my list of authors I want to be stranded with." ~ Susie Kline, Blogger, Motherhoot

"I give “In Leah’s Wake” 5 stars and recommend reading to anyone with tweens. Although it is fiction, this book can be a great reference for parenting teenagers."
~ Monica Madsen, Blogger, A Mother’s Touch Bookshelf


In Leah's Wake is beautifully written, haunting, fascinating, and a book that has a lot to say, a lot to teach you, without getting preachy. ~ Haley Stokes, Blogger, Triumphal Writing 


AUTHOR BIO

Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College. She was grateful and thrilled beyond words when In Leah’s Wake hit the Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestseller lists in August. She owes a lot of wonderful people – big time! – for any success she’s enjoyed!

Website: www.tglong.com




2 comments:

  1. Dear Talina,

    Thank you so very much for hosting me! I can't thank you enough for your kindness!! It's an honor to be here.

    Warmest wishes,

    Terri

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  2. Terri, the pleasure was all mine! Congratulations on your release and I wish you the best success with your writing.

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