Shelter Me

Shelter Me

Book - 2009
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In the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother's year of heartbreak, loss, and forgiveness...and help that arrives from unexpected sources

Four months after her husband's death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband--now his last gift to her.

As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow--mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can't release. Yet Janie's self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy, over-manicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.

As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others--even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.

Publisher: New York : Avon A, c2009.
ISBN: 9780061673399
0061673390
9780061776731
Characteristics: viii, 415 p. ;,21 cm.

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karcoldelharvic5 Nov 10, 2014

enjoyed this book. Rambled on at times, but still a good read

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kimmcmechan2
Oct 29, 2013

I found this book both enjoyable and also irritating and shallow. I connected with the main character (Janie, a widowed mother of two young children) but the narrative broke down toward the end when the solution seemed to be to simply hook up with the next nice guy in her life. I wanted her to enter her grief, find some redemptive solution. Maybe it's because the "nice guy" was not particularly likeable.
Three out of five stars.

ladydebv Aug 20, 2013

One of the best books I have read recently. a story of young mother's way of dealing with the loss of her husband. how she copes with the help of friends and people who come into her life unexpectedly. very realistic and heart touching. This was a book I couldn't put down and hated to see come to an end. the first book by this author. I hope she has written more since this one...

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Fortisia
Jun 21, 2011

Wonderful book. I love it, it's still one of my favorites. Of course, it's most definitely a romance (without being too mushy), but Janie also really learns about herself and how to cope along the way. I would recommend it, absolutely!

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