Monday, April 9, 2012


by Jessica Barksdale Inclan

What happens when you do the one thing you would never do? What happens when you forget the one thing you never, ever would forget, not in a million years? How do you keep on living when you are left but your child is not?

Marciela and Matthew Phillips are happily married, a hard working couple, the parents of a beautiful two-year-old girl, Rose. Marciela is determined to avoid the mistakes her own mother made, driving herself to be the best mother, wife, and worker she can be. But after the birth of her second child, Liam, she realizes that doing it all is doing too much.

And then she forgets. And nothing is ever the same.
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My review at Amazon:
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, April 9, 2012
Was it a pleasure to read this book? No. It was heartbreaking. Am I glad I read it? Yes. The author was amazing in the telling the of the tragedy that happened to this family. I wanted a happy ending but how could there ever possibly be a happy ending to this story? Or an ending at all? A tragedy of this nature can never be FORGOTTEN.

I would have given this book 5 stars but I knocked off 1 star because some odd mispellings of words ... like amp for map, or at least I assumed the word was supposed to be map. Also words misplaced in phrases, etc. Things like this knocked me out of the story because I was trying to figure out what the author meant to say instead of what was actually said.

I recommend this book but not for light reading. One thing for sure is that if you do read it, you will never forget it.

Jessica Barksdale Inclan's debut novel Her Daughter's Eyes, published in 2001, was the premier novel published under New American Library's new imprint Accent. Her Daughter's Eyes was a final nominee for the YALSA Award for the best books of 2001 and best paperbacks for 2001 and has been published in Dutch and Spanish. Her next novel The Matter of Grace was published in May 2002 and was re-released in a mass market version in May 2004. Her third, When You Go Away, came out April 1, 2003. Her fourth, One Small Thing, was published April 2004, and has been published in Dutch and Spanish. Her fifth, Walking With Her Daughter, was published in April 2005. The Instant When Everything is Perfect was published in February 2006. In June 2006, she published the first in a trilogy from Kensington Books. When You Believe was followed by Reason to Believe and Believe in Me. Being with Him, Intimate Beings, and The Beautiful Being (October 2009) are the novels in her second trilogy. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist's Fellowship in Literature. Incl'n teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and on-line creative writing courses for UCLA extension. She has studied with Sharon Olds, Anne Lamott, Kate Braverman, Grace Paley, Marjorie Sandor, and Cristina Garcia. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Rockhurst Review, Hotwired, The Salt Hill Journal, Free Lunch, The West Wind Review, The Prairie Star, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest. She co-edited a women's literature/studies textbook Diverse Voices of Women (Mayfield Publishing, 1995). Ms. Inclan has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master's degree in English literature from SFSU. Ms. Inclan lives in Oakland, California and is currently at work on her next novel. Find her Kindle books on Amazon, starting with The Wolf at the Window.


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