A Watershed Year: A Novel

Artist: Schoenberger, Susan

Book

Barcode: 9780824948566

Release date: 03/01/2011

£5.23 (was £9.99)

A woman in the midst of heartbreak finds renewed purpose in her life when she decides to adopt a young boy from Russia in this powerful and triumphant debut novel.

Two months after the death of her best friend Harlan, Lucy remains haunted by the things she never told him including her deep love for him. Then she begins receiving emails he'd arranged to be sent after his death, emails that will change the course of her life. One email in particular haunts her -- he tells her he is certain she is destined for motherhood. Thus begins her watershed year.

It is said that out of despair comes hope and in her grief, Lucy finds that the possibility of adopting a child offers her a new chance for a fulfilled life. When she travels to Russia to meet four-year-old Mat she sees in him a soul that is as lonely and lost as hers. Slowly they learn to trust one another and each begins healing. It is when Mat's father comes to America to reclaim his child that a truth about Mat's past is revealed, a truth that might shatter Lucy's fragile little family forever.

A Watershed Year is a powerful story of love, loss, redemption, and what it means to be a mother proving that out of despair can come joy and the beauty of second chances. Includes a reader's guide and questions for book clubs.

From Booklist
Lucy McVie is a thirtysomething college professor mourning the loss of her best friend, Harlan. Two months after his funeral, she receives the first of several e-mails from him, arranged to be sent after his death. It is through these messages that Lucy truly learns of Harlan's deep love for her and her importance in his life. With his encouragement from beyond, she decides to pursue her dream of motherhood. Lucy finds Yulia, who runs an agency that arranges adoptions from Russia. Yulia knows of four-year-old Azamat, nicknamed Mat, who has been abandoned by his father and needs a home. As Lucy navigates the political and economic intricacies of foreign adoption, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the need to care for Mat. Lucy struggles to raise Mat while dealing with heartbreaking grief, and when Mat's father returns to claim him, she must find the strength to save her family. Her story is one of loss and healing, what it means to be a mother, and the importance of moving forward. --Carol Gladstein

Review
"A well-told tale of life and death and the way, when we least expect it, love can encompass us roundabout...This is a brave and moving novel." --Bret Lott, bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Selection Jewel

"Susan Schoenberger takes us to the softer places of the heart where love in all its forms and glory transforms grief into grace." --Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer

"With subtle humor and grace, A Watershed Year draws out the ways in which our closest relationships can be imperfect and yet continue to transform us." --Juliette Fay, bestselling author of Shelter Me

"Thoughtful and uplifting reading of the power of a mother and family, A Watershed Year is an excellent pick." --Midwest Book Review