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A Shattered Life
A Shattered Life

A Shattered Life

A Novel



265 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: December 2021

ISBN 9781952782404

Rights: WOR

Boutique of Quality Books (Dec 2021)
BQB Publishing

Price: $16.95


Follow Kim through this moving saga of marital dissension, family history, and the profound tragedy of losing a child

A moving story of denial and depression taking the reader inside the complexities of a marriage shattered by the devastating loss of their only child. Kim, a psychotherapist and Mark, an emotionally distant actuary, build layers of protective defenses around them in order to survive. But when Kim receives a diagnosis of cancer, her unhealed pain rises to the surface.Kim embarks on an exploration of her Midwestern ancestors to find answers to the "why me" question. Starting with a diphtheria epidemic in the late 1800s to her current practice as a psychotherapist, she seeks understanding of the person she has become.Following Kim and Mark through doctor's visits, chemo drips, long nights, and even longer days, the story chronicles the grueling process of chemotherapy, as well as the complicated dance of a marriage in crisis. As Kim's treatment progresses, so too does her relationship with Mark, and the layers of emotional pain begin to peel away.

Author Biography

Karen Shapiro is a retired psychologist with a B.A. in Education and an M.S. in Educational Psychology. She also has a certification in graphics and web design. Karen began writing after her sister, an expert in genealogy, found fascinating stories about their ancestors and she wanted to bring the stories to life through fiction. Aside from writing, Karen enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband, children, and seven grand-mammals—five humans and two dogs.