OAKLAND, Calif., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For Americans who have lost their mom, Mother's Day is an emotionally challenging holiday to manage. Odette Books is releasing Jessica Swan's second novel Completely Lost, on April 2, 2016, one month before Mother's Day. According to a survey of 1,006 adults conducted by the national polling firm of Mathew Greenwald & Associates, 1 in 10 Americans have lost a parent before turning 20, and 69% of them still think about their lost parent frequently. Swan hopes to reach out to these all-too-forgotten readers during Mother's Day with a novel that reassures: you are not alone.
Says Swan, "Many can relate to Julia, the protagonist. Julia's pain is not unique. There are many sons and daughters in quiet agony when they pass the Mother's Day card aisle in the drugstore. From my own experience, losing my mom was the darkest time in my life. No one has ever cared for me the way my mom did. At some point, you're supposed to grow up and learn how to emotionally and physically soothe yourself before you can care for others outside of yourself. But for Julia, that transition isn't always easy."
Set in misty San Francisco, Completely Lost is a modern story of Julia Clark, a newlywed ghostwriter, who struggles to recover from the death of her mom. Overwhelmed, Julia must balance this new life-stage with her eccentric working life, her newlywed marriage, and a demanding new mother-in-law. Laced with Ancient Greek mythology and witty humor, Completely Lost is an honest story about grief— from its lonely depths to the boundless, effervescent hope that can emerge.
Says Kirkus Reviews: "[Swan's] prose is polished and evocative …[her] voice clear and inviting, a wry observer suffering a near-universal loss … Swan renders the desolation of mourning exceedingly well."
A former ghostwriter of 15 years, Swan is a California native who left her ex-pat life in London for the SF Bay Area. In Completely Lost, Swan draws on her own close bond with her mother and life after unexpectedly losing her at age 20.
Completely Lost is for sale on Amazon.com, www.completelylostpages.com. Swan is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or readings contact Email.
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