Saturday, August 29, 2015

Come Away With Me - Karma Brown

Come Away With Me
Karma Brown
Mira, Aug 25 2015, $14.95
ISBN 9780778318323

In a festive mood on Christmas Eve, Chicago newlyweds Tegan and Gabe Lawson look forward to the birth of their first child.  Gabe loses control of their car while driving over black ice.  Their unborn dies in the ensuing accident leaving extremely depressed Tegan blaming her husband for their loss.

Feeling guilty about their baby’s death; Gabe also worries about his beloved wife who threatens to end their marriage.  Believing reconnecting somewhat would ease their anguish and desperate to help his wife and himself; Gabe suggests they draw three locations from their “jar of spontaneity”.  Tegan wants to tell him to drop dead, but reluctantly agrees to visit Hawaii, Italy and Thailand. 

Come Away with Me is a fresh look at the impact on survivors from a personal tragedy.  The couple begins their journey stalled in the earlier phases of grief; as Karma Brown makes a profound argument that mourning a loss is customized and though a person moves on one never fully heals because you never fully forget.  This is a powerful emotional family drama.

Harriet Klausner

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