One of my good friends, Rachel Stolzman, is a novelist whose agent will soon be showing her second novel to potential publishers. It would improve her chances of seeing that book published by having a boost in sales of her first novel, The Sign for Drowning, which is a lovely book about a woman who has “grown up haunted by her younger sister’s death. In the life she constructs as a barrier against the emotional wreckage of her family tragedy, Anna settles comfortably into a career as a teacher of deaf children. But a challenge arrives — in the form of a young girl. Adrea’s disarming vulnerability and obvious need for love offer Anna the possibility of reconnecting with the world around her — if she has the courage to open her heart.”
Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Whole World Over, says: “At a time when cool, ironic fiction is too much the rage, here is a novel written straight from the heart, a tender yet fearless portrait of a loving family crippled by grief. Rachel Stolzman reminds us what kind of stories matter, and move us, the most.”
If you’re looking for a cozy read for one of these cold January days, please consider The Sign for Drowning. Not only would you get enjoyment out of it, you’d be helping a dear friend of mine reach her goal of publishing a second novel.