We’re back! And we hope the last few weeks have been as restful and restorative for you as they have been for us. We read. We napped. We baked lots of ridiculously fattening goodies with sticky-fingered little people. And as glorious as our time off has been, the entire She Reads team is ready to get back to business. We’re craving structure. We’re eager to introduce you to some amazing novels this year. And with all the coming book-love we have a few surprises as well. We’re redesigning our website from the ground up. A bit of the design is on display today but there’s much more on the way. All of these changes will help us better serve YOU.
So without further ado, let us step into a new year of books…
Our first book club pick of 2014 became known around our (virtual) office as “the book that got away.” We first read LOVE WATER MEMORY by Jennie Shortridge in April of last year. And we loved it. But our selections had already been chosen for the next six months. So we invited Jennie to write a guest post and we set the novel aside with deep regret. That happens sometimes, I’m afraid. So many beautiful novels, so little time. Yet it was one of those novels that we kept thinking about. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold onto her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady through every aching, authentic step of their journey. So we are jumping at the opportunity to choose it as our January book club selection. Newly released in paperback, we are confident that you will find LOVE WATER MEMORY not only as delightful and compelling as we did, but also the perfect book to begin 2014–the year of epic reading.
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If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?
At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.
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Seattle author Jennie Shortridge’s latest novel, LOVE WATER MEMORY, released in April 2013. She has published four other acclaimed novels: WHEN SHE FLEW, LOVE AND BIOLOGY AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, EATING HEAVEN, and RIDING WITH THE QUEEN. Her nonfiction work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, and her one-and-only published short story, “Simpatico,” launched her novel writing career in 1997. When not writing, teaching writers workshops, or volunteering, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature. In her previous lives she has been a plumber, a cook, and a working musician. No, she cannot fix your toilet, but she is hard at work on her next novel.