Today I’m doing something a little different from normal. I’m going to highlight Sea Changes by Gail Graham. I was supposed to have a review up today but due to blogger issues with internet explorer I spent most of yesterday downloading a new browser and getting things to work. I didn’t get to finish the book so I’m not going to review it until I do which will be tomorrow. I’m enjoying the book so far and I’m going to share a bit about it with you from the press release from the pulicist at Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc…
PASSIONATE NEW NOVEL SHARES ONE WOMAN’S STRUGGLE
TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD WITHOUT HER HUSBAND
As The Tide Ebbs And Flows, So Does Sarah Andrews’ Life
Sarah Andrews feels lost and abandoned. Her daughter wants her to “move on,” her psychiatrist wants her to “heal her wounds,” and everybody else wants her to get over the fact that her husband has died. She decides that perhaps it would be best to end her life, so she heads to the beach with all intentions of never coming back.
“She’s left this morning’s newspaper open on the kitchen table and her unwashed dishes from last night in the sink. People will think she intended to do the housework later, after her swim. What she does, most days, is sit by herself in the house sipping red wine from one of Charles’ goblets as one by one the minutes drip away like water from a leaking faucet until the sun goes down and the street lights come on, and she can go to bed.”
But the sea has other plans for her. Instead of drowning, Sarah discovers a civilization under water, where, she believes, she’s met people from another dimension. When she finds herself alive, back on the beach, she’s not sure if the sea world was real or if the entire episode was a dream. But a second visit convinces her she wasn’t dreaming, and a young woman from below, Bantryd, comes back to live with her, to search for her parents who left the sea long ago.
In SEA CHANGES, novelist Gail Graham has created one of her most compelling characters yet— a woman who is torn between a man who is no longer alive and an undersea world that offers her peace and comfort. The torment of grief is something Graham knows well, having lost not only her husband, but also her son. Graham uses the death of Sarah’s husband to examine the world of widowhood, from coping with loss to how society views women who are widows, and conveys how hope and grief can blend to create an unnamed emotion.
SEA CHANGES is not just a story of bereavement; Graham expertly weaves in elements of fantasy and suspense as well. Sarah’s relationship with Bantryd has unexpected consequences as the girl closely resembles a beautiful, young heiress who is missing, and Sarah becomes the key suspect in her disappearance. Those closest to Sarah are turning against her. With her family and psychiatrist withdrawing their support, and the wind and the sea at her back, her worlds are colliding. She needs to make the ultimate decision.
Warm, touching, and insightful, SEA CHANGES is an avenue of hope and inspiration for women who are suffering loss. Sarah Andrews will become their heroine, created lovingly by a woman who’s been there.
About the Author:
SEA CHANGES is Gail Graham’s seventh book. Her novel Crossfire has been translated into French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish, and was awarded one of Germany’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Buxtehude Bulle. Three of her books were New York Times Book of the Year recommendations. Born and raised in the United States, Graham lived in Australia for thirty-two years. She teaches at the Institute for Retired Professionals (University of Miami), the Arizona Senior Academy, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the Learning Curve. She and her dog Bao divide their time between Tucson, Arizona and Mexico.
So, there you have it. Some info about this book. It sounds good, doesn’t it. Well it is so make sure to check back with me tomorrow for my review.