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Monday, May 16, 2022

WHAT'S THE BUZZ?: The Shore by Katie Runde - REVIEW!

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Today, we're spreading a little pre book birthday BUZZ about a new title COMING SOON from Scribner Books.  It's a work of Fiction that tackles the very real topic of life after the diagnosis.  What DOES happen after the never dreamed of nightmare happens...and not only to the patient, but the family?  Ready or not, fair readers, let's step between the epages of today's ebook of choice...
Katie Runde
Release Date:  05/24/22

About the book...
Brian and Margot Dunne live year-round in Seaside, just steps away from the bustling boardwalk, with their daughters Liz and Evy. The Dunnes run a real estate company, making their living by quickly turning over rental houses for tourists. But the family’s future becomes even more precarious when Brian develops a brain tumor, transforming into a bizarre, erratic version of himself. Amidst the chaos and new caretaking responsibilities, Liz still seeks out summer adventure and flirting with a guy she should know better than to pursue. Her younger sister Evy works in a candy shop, falls in love with her friend Olivia, and secretly adopts the persona of a middle-aged mom in an online support group, where she discovers her own mother’s most vulnerable confessions. Meanwhile, Margot faces an impossible choice driven by grief, impulse, and the ways that small-town life in Seaside has shaped her. Falling apart is not an option, but she can always pack up and leave the beach behind.


As I said, it's much deeper than the cover might portray, taking you behind the scenes of the medical appointments and odd scenes in public, and putting you in the shoes of the family members themselves.  A scary diagnosis is not welcome by anyone, nor wished on another, but the reality of dealing with it is so much more than just the medical care.  It's in the every day decisions on how to deal with the changes in the person you've known and loved.  It's in the alternation of daily routines so that constant assistance is available to watch over the other.  It's in the thought that taking a moment to yourself is stealing time because, while in a way it is, no one should have to feel guilty for having a moment, nor would the person your caring for want you to feel that way, even if they can't relay that to you.  Speaking of them, what about the person afflicted with these changes?  I mean, we know the care and steps that are being taken are to benefit them, take care of them, provide for them, and make them more comfortable, but how debilitating it must be to feel that your freedom, your decisions have been taken from you.  

Don't get me wrong, Brian was by no means perfect, but neither was Margot.  They built a life together, for better or worse, but no one ever knows what that worst scenario may look like.  Their daughters, Liz and Evy, help take up the slack, never complaining, but never actually being able to sort out their lives without a constant timetable running in the background.  They're going through all of this just as much as their parents, while still trying to grow up and find themselves.  Bad choices are made, as are some good ones, but the stress it puts on them all is unfortunate.  Dealing with one or the other is more than enough for any person...but the strength of this family unit really shines through as they make their way towards an ending that's equally filled with new beginnings.


About the author...

Photograph by Rebecca Sanabria

Katie Runde grew up on the Jersey Shore, where her family ran various boardwalk businesses. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in Iowa City with her husband and two daughters. The Shore is her first novel.


Special thanks to Scribner Books for the eARC for review via the Shelf Awareness.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release May 24th, 2022via Scribner Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Publishing, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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