The Manoli family was torn apart by divorce while children Mark and Shelley were still young. Devastated by the break-up, Mark became estranged from his father, severing ties with him and never forging a relationship with his stepmother Sylvie, while Shelley found a different path toward acceptance. Now, as their father Jack comes to the end of his life, he bequeaths to his children his beloved cottage, his honeymoon home with Sylvie. Old wounds are torn open and secrets from the past force Mark and Shelley to reevaluate their lives and the relationships they’ve delicately maintained through so many years of rage and resentment.
Shelley, a middle school teacher with a husband and two children, searches for the comfort and support she has spent a lifetime giving, while Mark, an artist with a girlfriend he keeps at arm’s length, must finally come face-to-face with the event that devastated his life. Each has their own story that must unfold in its own way, probing for the healing and redemptive power held within necessary to rebuild and find the space to create a new definition of their family at a time of death, and continuing life.
A moving portrait of a family’s uneasy stasis torn apart by the death of a parent, The Mosaic Artist is a touching reminder of the frailties of the human condition and the fragile nature of the safe worlds we endeavor so hard to build. This deeply moving examination of the pain of divorce, the lifelong effect it can have on the children bearing the brunt of it, and the healing work required to rebuild the lives of those affected is a voice from the broken homes of modern America. Insightful and patiently paced, it finds the quiet spaces in the human heart, forever probing for the places where pain is hidden, where anger roils, and confusion abounds. With a tremendous gift for what is left unsaid, Jane Ward delivers a hushed but forceful rendering of the broken spirit hidden within, and the chances for healing understanding delivers.
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Published April 14, 2011
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships.