A Watershed Year

A Watershed Year

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by Susan Schoenberger
     
 

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“Susan Schoenberger takes us to the softer places of the heart where love—in all its forms and glory—transforms grief into grace.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer

Lucy never confessed her love to her best friend Harlan before he passed away. Two months after his funeral, she is

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“Susan Schoenberger takes us to the softer places of the heart where love—in all its forms and glory—transforms grief into grace.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer

Lucy never confessed her love to her best friend Harlan before he passed away. Two months after his funeral, she is haunted by the power of things left unsaid. But then she receives the first of his e-mails arranged to be sent after his death. So begins the year that everything changes—Lucy’s watershed year.

In an e-mail, Harlan says something that consumes her: He’s certain Lucy is destined for motherhood. In her grief, she suddenly rediscovers hope, journeying to Russia to adopt a four-year-old boy. Just as they’re learning to trust each other, they must face a threat that might shatter their fragile little family forever.

Susan Schoenberger’s breathtaking and powerful story of love, loss, redemption and what it means to be a mother will leave you in awe as Lucy, in the depths of her despair, somehow finds joy and embraces the beauty of second chances.

“With subtle humor and grace, A Watershed Year draws out the ways in which our closest relationships can be imperfect and yet continue to transform us.” —Juliette Fay, bestselling author of Shelter Me

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477848012
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
511,948
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Susan Schoenberger is a writer and editor who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband and three (almost-grown) children. A Watershed Year, which won the gold medal in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, is her first novel. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Inkwell, Village Rambler, and Bartlebysnopes.com, among others. A longtime journalist, Susan has worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, and many other newspapers and online publications. Please visit her website at susanschoenberger.com and follow her on Twitter @schoenwriter.

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A Watershed Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lucy is stunned when her best friend thirty-three year old Harlan dies from cancer even knowing he would die soon. She thinks he will come out of his bedroom any moment to greet her as thirty-three years olds do not die from cancer. She struggles to move on but cannot accept his death especially when he seemed to get better but abruptly ended his experimental treatments in spite of her begging him not to quit. Her biggest regret was never telling him she loved him. E-mails from Harlan that he arranged to be sent after he died begins to encourage Lucy; especially the one in which he insists she is perfect to raise a child. She ponders motherhood and decides out of homage to her cherished best friend to adopt. Lucy travels to Russia where she meets equally lonely physically and emotionally scarred four years old Mat. She adopts him and brings him back to America. Although he initially is extremely reticent and frightened, Mat and Lucy slowly form a caring bond as each heals emotionally due to the loving codependence on each other that they forge. However, Mat's father Vasily arrives from Russia to bring his son home. A Watershed Year is a warm inspirational character study in which the key players (including Harlan through his e-mails, a tape, and his beloved's memories) seem real. Lucy is a terrific protagonist who holds the entertaining enlightening story line together as she grows from dependency on Harlan (even after he died) to a mothering dependency on Mat to finally becoming a mother when Vasily arrives. With a strong support cast, readers will appreciate this profound look at the convolution and metamorphosis of relationships. Harriet Klausner
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
This novel is really a study in grief, moving on and beginning again.  I liked the book, very well written, but seemed heavy.  
PurpleAnime More than 1 year ago
A watershed year means a period when everything changes and it can be a difficult change. Lucy, a Professor of Religion and student of anything dealing with the saints- is about to lose her good friend Harlan to cancer. Eventually he passes away and his passing leaves her with questions about their relationship. Questions of why she's thirty-eight and never been married. Questions about our own mortality.  Not long after Harlan's death, Lucy begins to receive his emails. Each one poignant, pertinent, sad, and each one leaving an impact on her soul.Lucy's watershed year reminded me of my own watershed year in 2012. However, when Harlan's emails hit Lucy's computer I was like: "Now this story is really different." Harlan thought so highly of Lucy he wanted to still communicate with her. This, in my opinion was unique. It was a very touching, "tear-jerking" moment along with Lucy adopting a little boy, Azamat from Russia. A Watershed Year, is literary fiction at its finest: imagery, characters that read like real people, and enough touching and hair raising moments to make you as frustrated as Lucy. Two characters which got on my last nerves were Yulia and Louis. I will not say why. This book was a good read and I invite anyone to read it and the discussion questions in the back as well 
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frank_drury More than 1 year ago
As I began reading this novel, I was immediately pulled into the story about Lucy and her best friend Harlan, not just by the moving story of Harlan's battle with cancer and Lucy's pending adoption of a 4 year old Russian orphan, but more so by the wonderful prose. I usually read the first chapter of any new Kindle fiction release. Very few grab me like this one did. Halfway through the story I sent a message to the author telling her that her work reminded me somewhat of Anne Tyler, particularly AN ACCIDENTAL TOURIST. But it also reminds me of great nineteenth century novels, when writing seemed to be more alive and beautiful, more caringly crafted. This book won a 5 star rating from Midwest Book Review. Susan Schoenberger also won the gold medal in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for this book. In reading A WATERSHED YEAR, I am left with much more confidence and enthusiasm than I had before about the future of Amercian Literature. I eagerly look forward to her next work.