Shelter Me (Compact Disc)

By Juliette Fay, Marguerite Gavin (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781455111497

Publication Date: July 1, 2011

January 2009 Indie Next List

“This debut novel features family, friends, and grief in a touchingly warm and funny way. I cried and laughed with Janie LaMarche as she figures out how to go on living without her beloved husband. Fay's characters run the gamut and could live next door to any of us.”
— Judy Manzo, Book Ends, Winchester, MA
View the List

Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List

“Janie LaMarche has been recently widowed by a preventable accident. She is left with two young children and a lot of grief and anger, but also with the kind of family we all would hope for. As we read, her grief is palpable, her frustration with people and their clumsy attempts at sympathy understandable. This is a novel with wonderful book group discussion potential.”
— Patricia Worth, River Reader LLC, Lexington, MO
View the List
Advertisement

Description

In the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother's year of heartbreak, loss, and forgiveness--and help that arrives from unexpected sources. Four months after her husband's death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband--now his last gift to her. As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow--mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can't release. Yet Janie's self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy, overmanicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own. As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others--even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.
Advertisement