Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Parting Gifts by Katrina Anne Willis

Parting Gifts
by Katrina Anne Willis

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Just released: April 19, 2016
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Women's Fiction
Paperback: 280 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Catherine didn't fear the chemo as much as the molasses hours she spent in the infusion room.

Broken by their unorthodox Midwestern childhood, sisters Catherine, Anne, and Jessica Mathers search for love, acceptance, and worth―often in the most unlikely places. Catherine, the oldest of the Mathers sisters, is an English professor battling breast cancer with Cytoxan, red wine, and profanity. Anne is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two struggling to make ends meet in a suburban existence that both suffocates and confounds her. Jessica, the youngest by ten years and estranged―by choice―from her family, is an exotic dancer who feels safer on stage than in a relationship. But when the sisters are faced with an incomprehensible loss, they are forced to reevaluate themselves, their damaged bonds, and their fragile future.

Parting Gifts illuminates one highly dysfunctional family’s tentative, desperate crawl toward a life of meaning and worth.

My two-bits:

This story is an emotional journey in which a family navigates through many downs before getting back on the up trend.

Each chapter is in the voice of one of the five main characters which provided different viewpoints that made the characters more down to earth. Also, the various storylines were equally interesting to follow.

Many major life issues were touched upon to ponder. But what I liked was the character growth each experienced along the way.

Got me thinking about the qualities of a true best friend.

About the author:
Katrina Anne Willis is an author, blogger, and essayist who was named a Midwest Writers Fellow, has been an Indianapolis Listen to Your Mother participant, and is a contributor to Mamalode magazine. Her work has been anthologized in Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women On Life’s Transitions (Nothing but the Truth Publishing, 2014) and My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends (HerStories Project Press, 2014). She was awarded the 2014 Parenting Media Association’s Gold Medal Blogger Award for her work with Indy’s Child magazine and was a BlogHer 2015: Experts Among Us Voice of the Year Honoree. Katrina lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Chris, and her teenagers, Sam, Gus, Mary Claire, and George.

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