Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin
Simon & Schuster (July 2010)
I was delighted to accept Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin as part of a TLC Book Tour. The book takes an in depth look at a mother-daughter relationship and how family secrets can create misunderstanding and pain…but it is also about forgiveness, redemption, and the process of grief. I enjoyed this novel which will appeal to those readers who like women’s fiction (read my review). I am delighted to be able to offer two books for giveaway – a hardcover of Sea Escape, and a soft cover of Griffin’s earlier work Life Without Summer (scroll to the bottom of this post for details).
I am also very happy to have Lynne Griffin on my blog today with a guest post. Let me tell you a little about her first:
Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on family life. She previously published Life Without Summer in 2009 through St. Martin’s Press, and Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment in 2007 through Penguin. As the parenting contributor for Boston’s Fox 25 Morning News, she appears regularly in the segment Family Works.
Griffin teaches in the graduate program of Social Work and Family Studies at Wheelock College, and at Grub Street Writers. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her family. Learn more about Griffin and her work by visiting the author’s website.
By Lynne Griffin
My father died suddenly of a heart attack when I was a sophomore in high school. He went on a business trip with my mother and only she returned from New Orleans. This event disrupted our family in unimaginable ways. Each of us continues to grieve the painful loss to this day. And until my mother passed away in 2000, twenty-four years after my father did, she was never the same.
In the years since my father’s death, I’ve laughed often and loved much, but I’ve been forever changed too. Whatever you call it, a hole, the missing piece, my soul wound, I accept–even embrace–my need to continually make sense of the death of my parents. The stories I write, each unique in their way, highlight aspects of grief that are universal. While every person’s journey toward healing is deeply personal, we’re all tied to each other in the collective experience of it.
In Sea Escape, I explore the ties that bind one woman to her mother. The character Helen struggles with what’s called prolonged grief disorder. A specific kind of depression brought on by loss that for some reason refuses to follow the typical trajectory of grief. Like my mother once did, Helen gets stuck in the past, gripped by the pain of her loss. And like me, the character Laura continues to try to make sense of losing both of her parents, seemingly at the same time during her father’s funeral.
In my years as a grief counselor, I’ve met countless people who simply cannot move through the grieving process. I began writing fiction at forty after my mother’s death stirred my fear of loss, the stabbing pain of it. Somehow writing to the heart of a story about a grieving woman and a lonely child gave me the chance to sort through things long buried, and to offer hope to others who may be afraid. Without being prescriptive, telling others how to grieve, writing stories is my attempt to comfort those who know loss intimately as I do.
Inspired by my own mother-daughter relationship, and the love letters my father wrote to her in the early days of their romance, Sea Escape is an imagined story about the strength of love, the power of hope, and the gift of forgiveness.
Thank you, Lynne!!!
Now here are the details of the book giveaway:
Simon & Schuster is generously offering TWO books for giveaway…a hardback edition of Sea Escape AND a trade paperback of Life Without Summer (Lynne Griffin’s first novel). Here are the guidelines for the giveaway:
- Contest is open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses.
- I will choose TWO winners – one for each book – using Random.org
- To enter, leave me a comment on this post no later than July 20th at 5:00PM PST telling me about a summer memory.
- I’ll draw the winners the night of July 20th and post them to my blog. I will also email the winners. If you win, you must send me your snail mail within 5 days of the drawing, or I will choose another winner.