Many thanks to TLC Book Tours, Francine Prose and Harper Perennial for putting Goldengrove into my hands for review. I read this book the first part of this month (read my review) and was completely sucked into Prose’s beautiful writing and the story of Nico – a thirteen year old girl growing up in the wake of her older sister’s tragic death.
Goldengrove is about loss, grief and recovery. It struck me that readers who have lost a loved one from unexpected death, especially when that loved one is a child, might find this novel difficult to read. Below are a couple of links to organizations which provide support to individuals dealing with this kind of loss:
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Today more than 600 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico offer friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died. Around the world more than 30 countries have a Compassionate Friends presence, encircling the globe with support so desperately needed when the worst has happened.
Griefworks BC exists through a partnership between Children’s & Women’s Health Centers of British Columbia and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Griefworks BC facilitates access to bereavement support when and where it is needed.
Title: Goldengrove, by Francine Prose
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
Available wherever books are sold, including Amazon.
A little about Francine Prose:
Francine Prose is the author of fifteen books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008. She is the president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.
Listen to Francine Prose on BlogTalk Radio (air date September 24, 2009)
To read more reviews of Goldengrove, visit the tour page on TLC Book Tours for links.