When the life of Jenna's daughter is cut short in a matter of seconds, the forty-five-year-old professor must survive the grief that threatens to consume her, and come to terms with her relationship with her ex-husband and a newfound attraction to a younger colleague. And when events again take an unexpected turn, Jenna is blessed with another chance to correct the mistakes of the past, open her heart more fully, and embrace the fragility and miracle of life made new.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Jessica Barksdale Inclán teaches writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She lives with her husband and two sons.
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Walking with Her Daughter based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Loved this book...Jessica Inclan is one of my favorite authors...I loved all of her books and look foward to reading more.
Ms. Inclan tackles a uniquely sensitive subject - death! and the all encompassing grief that disables us humans as we wade through the muck and mire of 'what if's' and 'should have done's. Jenna Thomas is a 45-year old professor who has dedicated her life to Sofie, her high spirited, full of life, red-headed 20-year old daughter. Jenna's life while married to Sofie's father Mark, a doctor, was strained and never fully acknowledged or discussed during the marriage or after Mark's marriage to his new wife Renata. With Sofie away at college and now on a trip to Bali with her boyfriend Robert, Jenna delves into her other passion - teaching. Little does Jenna know her life is about to change forever, upsetting what she thought was a good life with a job, friends and balance. Jenna must now face one of the biggest, most heart wrenching, gut searing, emotion ripping events of her life, losing her beloved, precious Sofie. Jenna's emotions are so chaffed, so raw that she wants to '...bleed into the water...' until she can see her Sofie again. With an all encompassing depression, Jenna visits Dr. Kovacic who prescribes medications to help her deal with her grief, her lack of sleep and her emotions but most importantly, he encourages Jenna to write in a journal. As Jenna travels through her grief she relates and compares everyday things in life to being a Mom. Visiting her cousin Jolie, after years of uninvolvement, Jenna views Jolie's painting studio as 'a womb...a place where things are born...'. The paintings anger Jenna who wants to remove them '...from the wall, smash them into parts, let her cousin feel what it was like to lose what she had made...', her daughter Sofie. Jenna's need to have everyone know and feel her pain, her suffering and her grief is crushing. Jenna's relationship with Mark begins to change after Bali as does her relationship with her own boyfriend Tim. While attending a meditation at the Grand Canyon during a trip with Tim, Jenna believes she sees a '...circle of white light' and believes it is Sofie with her grandfather, Jenna's own passed on father. After the meditation, Jenna makes a startling discovery and must begin to acknowledge her past life, her current life and her future life. She must deal with her relationship with her ex-husband Mark, her newer relationship with Tim, her sudden re-acquaintance with and just as sudden departure in her relationship with Jolie, her feelings of motherhood and whether she did it right. Did she smother Sofie? Give her too much? Protect her too often? Give her the 'wings' to fly too soon? This is a beautifully written novel of grief, desperation, the shattering of life and the new and powerful acknowledgement of change and the miracles that can happen in life. In this fifth novel 'Walking With Her Daughter', you will experience a touching and profoundly daring story about one woman's grief, survival, growth and hope for the future. I truly believe Ms. Inclan has outdone herself with this one!!