A promising young figure skater gives up everything when she runs from her mentally ill mother in order to salvage her own life. It takes two decades before they finally meet again, but now her mother has late-stage dementia. Will she remember her daughter? More importantly, will she forgive her?
Wish I Had a River is a view into the splintering impact of a mother’s psychosis on her children. It’s a story of confronting the shame of mental illness to forge a new path. Most of all, it’s a testament to the fierce strength of the mother-daughter bond, and how a reunion regenerated the love that was always there.
- Genre: Memoir
- Publication date: TBD (manuscript on submission starting Oct.2016)
- Representation: Nan Thornton, Aevitas Creative Management (formerly Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary)
Bunking with prostitutes, inadvertently flashing villagers, hitching rides with motorcycle cops, and sleeping on rooftops–Tro-tros and Potholes is truly a reading adventure, with the Internet playing a key role. At what other time in history could a solo explorer stay in almost instant touch with people around the world? During four months of traveling in West Africa, Laura Enridge thrilled friends and family with her vivid stories, often written in “stinky internet cafés with sticky keyboards.” Here, her unedited emails are mingled with detailed memoirs. Together they form a wonderful collection, written straight from the heart.
“Like all good travel writing, the pages go beyond mere recollections and paint a picture of the greater forces that shape a country’s people.” -Jeri Walker
“As a travelogue, it is a commentary on the people she meets rather than the places she visits. It provides a fascinating yet humbling reminder of the simplicity of the lives of the local people, making me think afresh about my own complex, cluttered life.” -Debbie Young
- ISBN 0-9733534-0-6
- Published by Zera Press
- Released in paperback in the U.S. in March 2004, and as an e-book in December 2011
- 176 pages, with 16 pages of color photos
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Authors Tess Hardwick and Tracey Hansen, inspired by the myriad voices in the world, compile a melting pot of life paths from over a dozen unique individuals, each exploring the four timeless questions we’ve all pondered:
· What do you miss about being 5 years old?
· What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
· What, at this point in your life, do you want, wish and dream of for your life going forward?
· What would you want said about you on your 80th birthday?
These experiences make us who we are, defining our personalities, perspectives and dreams as we move through the seasons of life – from memories at age 5 to the person we hope to be described as on our 80th birthday.
Contributing Writers: Gordon Bonnet, Galit Breen, F. Jo Bruce, Derek Flynn, Jesse James Freeman, Laura Kilmartin, Marni Mann, Karla J. Nellenbach, Terry Persun, Laura Tiberio and Laura Zera
- Author royalties donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Published in April 2012 by Booktrope Publishing
- Available from Amazon