The Hardest Thing In This World
written by Nicole Eva Fraser
published by Second Wind Publishing, LLC
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by PR by the Book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I loved it.
Fraser captures family life in a sad little glass bubble of perfection. I not only got to know the Sawyer family, I joined it. I like and dislike the Sawyers in equal parts, but I love them all. Fraser made me feel like part of the family, and she did it beautifully (and this from a girl who hates both baseball and nursing).
It’s Sad, and it’s True, and it’s Life. It’s beautiful (I know, I know. I said that already. It’s still true).
Would I recommend it: Absolutely. You should definitely read this book.
Will I read it again: I’m supposed to give the review books back to Chrissy when I finish them.
…I’m going to forget to give this one back, I think…
(Chrissy here: I may have to borrow this one!)
About the book – from Goodreads: Sexy, smart-mouthed Melody Sawyer is an underachiever, a home health care nurse with good intentions and a chip on her shoulder. Her troubled daughter Renee recently dropped dead at 24, but Renee’s ghost keeps popping in on the family. And Melody has no clue about her married daughter, Kayla-who since age 16 has been deep in a clandestine affair with pro baseball player Baron Lee Presley. Join the Sawyer women on their offbeat, darkly funny, and sometimes tragic journey as they try to conquer the hardest thing in this world.
About the author: By day, Nicole Eva Fraser writes for a major greeting card company in the Midwest; by night, she plunges into the darker world of writing fiction. The Hardest Thing in This World is her first novel. In 2014, she is releasing another work of contemporary literary fiction, I Don’t Think It’s That Simple, and a nonfiction book, GPS for Writers: A guidebook to navigating the 5 routes to getting your novel published.
Nicole holds her MFA in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts consortium. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a double major in English and communications.
Nicole is an adult-literacy activist in Cleveland, Tanzania and Malawi. Since 2005, she has been active as a volunteer tutor, fundraiser and board member for Project Learn, Cleveland’s largest organization for adult literacy. In 2009, she led the effort to bring StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, to Cleveland to record the stories of Project Learn’s students, staff, and founders. Nicole also volunteers in Tanzania and Malawi, where she supports three college students through their education. She first traveled to East Africa in 2009, as the blogger for the 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference.
Nicole is a student of Micmac Indian culture because of her heritage. Her maternal family emigrated from Scotland, marrying into the Micmac tribe of Nova Scotia. A Boston native, Nicole lives in Cleveland with her husband, children, and animals.