Shelley Fraser Mickle has written several novels, including Replacing Dad and The Queen of October, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Publisher's Weekly wrote in its review of Replacing Dad, "Mickle's easy, forth-right style transforms a familiar tale into winning fiction." The New York Times said the book, which was made into a CBS ...
Shelley Fraser Mickle has written several novels, including Replacing Dad and The Queen of October, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Publisher's Weekly wrote in its review of Replacing Dad, "Mickle's easy, forth-right style transforms a familiar tale into winning fiction." The New York Times said the book, which was made into a CBS television movie, had "sassy charm." Now Mickle has written The Turning Hour, a touching novel about the critical issue of a teenager's attempted suicide. The story, told from two points of view (mother and daughter), reveals the difficulty of reconnecting with each other, and dredges up the family history and personal pain that led to the tragedy. The book is suitable for both adults and young adults.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-10 With impressive credibility, and even humor, Mickle (The Queen of October) explores the tragic and potentially maudlin subject of teen suicide, creating an engrossing narrative that manages to avoid sentimentality and bathos. Based on a real incident, the novel interweaves the story of Bergin Talbot, a smart, popular 17-year-old whose attempt at suicide initially seems inexplicable, with that of her mother, Leslie, a public defender who's found contentment in a second marriage. Having survived physically (she's discovered by her stepbrother), Bergin must confront a soul-searing spiritual question, "how do I get back?" The background to her desperate act and her struggle to return to a normal life, to bond again with her mother and the rest of the family, and to fit in again with her peers, are detailed with psychological acuity and genuine feeling. Bergin's voice is irresistible: a refreshing blend of feigned nonchalance, irreverence and just plain funky teen, poignant in what it reveals obliquely. Alternating chapters are narrated by Leslie, with more mature urgency and self-recriminations as she seeks to understand the reasons behind Bergin's emotional breakdown. The circumstances of her own life, as she gradually reveals them, are affecting, and her sorrow over Bergin's emotional distress is almost palpable. Mickle can nail a characterization in a single sentence and break your heart with witty rue. Set in north Florida and laced with front-porch wisdom, this is Ordinary People made right again, and graced with humor. Agent, Sam Pinkus. (Nov.) Forecast: Mickle will probably garner her first sales in Florida, where she writes essays for the Orlando Sentinel, and reads on Florida Public Radio. Her fans on NPR's Morning Edition and her active Web site will help move books farther afield. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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