Life Without Summer
By Lynne Griffin
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312383886, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 14, 2009
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Life Without Summer tells the story of Tessa, a mother who has just lost her four-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run accident and the grief counselor, Celia, who tries to help her to put her life back together. When their lives begin to intersect in powerful and unexpected ways, they discover that the answers one needs might be the other’s only chance for peace. Each woman’s intensely personal journey reverberates with universal themes about the connections between love, marriage, truth, and forgiveness that no reader will forget.
Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on family life. She is the author of Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment (Berkley/Penguin 2007). As the parenting contributor for Boston’s Fox 25 Morning News, she appears regularly in the segment Family Works. Lynne 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. Life Without Summer is her first novel.
"A spellbinding tale of loss and hard-won redemption... Griffin's carefully crafted characters ring heartbreakingly true and her finely wrought plot will snare readers from the first page." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "...this stirringly believable epistolary novel...[will be a] strong addition to women’s' fiction." --Booklist "A remarkable debut novel." --Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of True Colors. "This is an insightful, honest book about the nature of grief, loss, love, marriage and divorce...Each time my family's needs forced me to put it down, I found myself anticipating the time I could pick up it up again. Lynne Griffin has given readers the gift of a compelling novel of character and of life." --Jeanne Ray, New York Times bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and Eat Cake "I could not stop reading!!!! Life Without Summer is what I consider the epitome of smart women's fiction. Once I picked this book up, I could not put it down and found it utterly real and compelling. This is a deeply satisfying book that pulls us through the lives of two very different women any one of which could be ourselves." --Patricia Wood, Orange Prize-nominated author of Lottery "Part who-dunnit, part psychological portraiture, part an argument for the necessity of "facing" grief, Life Without Summer is an always-involving novel. Griffin is a master of the crisp and telling detail, and her troubled main characters are wonderfully human." --Martha Moody, national bestselling author of Best Friends and The Office of Desire "There are many deep satisfactions in this absorbing and deftly plotted novel but what I most admired was Lynne Griffin's wonderfully complex characterization of her two heroines...A sparkling debut." --Margot Livesey, author of New York Times Notable Book Eva Moves the Furniture and Banishing Verona "Griffin's sensitive debut reveals how loss can tear people apart yet be the same force that binds them again with strength and love. Many readers will find comfort and healing through this heartfelt, genuine story." --Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air