Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen

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Cohen's flair with prose is evident throughout the book...Sweet Breath of Memory is so well written it is unfathomable that this is a debut novel.
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"A storyteller at the top of her game." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author

Life is in the telling.

With its tree-lined streets, vibrant downtown and curbside planters of spring bulbs, Amberley, Massachusetts, seems a good place for Cate Saunders to start over. It's been two years since her husband, John, was killed in Iraq and life has been a struggle. Her new job as a caregiver doesn't pay much, but the locals are welcoming. In fact, Cate has barely unpacked before she's drawn--reluctantly at first--into a circle of friends.

There's diner-owner Gaby, who nourishes her customers' spirits as well as their bodies; feisty Beatrice, who kept the town going when its men marched off to WWII; wise-cracking MaryLou, as formidable as Fort Knox but with the same heart of gold; and, Sheila, whose Italian grocery is the soul of the place. As Amberley reveals itself to be a town shaped by war, Cate encounters another kindred spirit--a Holocaust survivor with whom she feels a deep connection. When revelations about John's death threaten Cate's newfound peace of mind, these sisters-in-arms' stories show her an unexpected way forward. And Cate comes to understand that although we suffer loss alone, we heal by sharing our most treasured memories.

"Filled with compassion, humor and honesty, Ariella Cohen's Sweet Breath of Memory is a powerful story of forgiveness. . .Through food and friendship, a community releases its long held secrets, and Cohen provides solace for her characters and her readers." -- Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls

"Ariella Cohen spins a tender yarn about the enduring nature of love, the importance of friendship and the eternal longing for a place to call home. Every page brims with warmth, wisdom and compassion." -- Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of You Were Meant for Me
 

About Ariella Cohen

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Ariella Cohen is a graduate of Barnard College, the Hebrew University and the University of Michigan Law School. Her short fiction appears in A Cup of Comfort for Couples, Heartscapes, and Flashshot. Although she makes her home in New England, her dream self resides in County Mayo, Ireland. Visit the author’s website at: www.ariellacohenauthor.wordpress.com.
Author Residence: Deerfield, MA
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Kensington. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Jul 21 2016

Cohen's flair with prose is evident throughout the book...Sweet Breath of Memory is so well written it is unfathomable that this is a debut novel.

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