A decade after twelve-year-old Jessica loses her mother, Dianne, to cancer complications, she finds herself curious about Dianne’s mysterious youth. Armed with a journalism degree, Jessica sets out on a quest to find two of Dianne’s former lovers, an old ballroom dance partner and a Vietnam war hero, along with anyone else who can tell her about Dianne.
The Butterfly Groove features Jessica’s journalistic approach complemented by reimagined portions of Dianne’s life. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story across decades, this memoir is a heartwarming exploration of how our pasts tell our truths, and how love survives us all.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Journalist by heart, marketing professional by day, and writer by moonlight, Jessica Barraco is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s School of Journalism. She has contributed for EliteDaily, ModernLoss, 944 magazine, The Denver Post and more. She spent three years working at HarperCollins Publishers' headquarters, working on both nonfiction and fiction books. The Butterfly Groove, Barraco's debut investigative memoir, tells the story and research behind her late mother's mysteries and hidden love affairs from her past. Barraco currently resides in her home state of California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dear Jessica I bought your book and just finished reading it. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your writing style – very impressive and well written. The memoir about your Mom was heartfelt although it was romanticized a bit since I knew your Mother. But she would have been proud of you and so am I. Regards Mary Ann (Barraco) Klement
Jessica creates a perfect platform to explore the life of her mother through the eyes of those who knew her best. Her writing of this story is clearly close to the heart but with her eyes open enough to realize that she might learn more than she thought she would about who her mother really was! I admire Jessica for the journey she took, the effort it took, and the courage it took to put the words to the pages of The Butterfly Groove! Thank you Jessica for sharing with us as readers, you allowed us to come along with you on your journey! My book club, Reading Between the Vines had the honor of being the very first book club to read this book!