Sailing Grace, honored as “Best New Non-Fiction Book” by the National Indie Excellence Awards, a finalist for USA Book News’ “Best Books” award, and as a “Michigan Notable Book”, is one of those stories. She introduces herself this way:
After eight surgical interventions in eight months, “heart transplant” is working its way into conversations with John’s doctors.
John and Barbara are talking about sailing to Ireland instead.
This true story, narrated with present-tense immediacy, begins with John flat on his back in a local health club, gasping for air. It ends thirty-one months and four thousand miles later when he, Barbara, and their two youngest children maneuver their sailboat, Grace, into Schull Harbor, Ireland. A gritty account of their family’s struggle to do better than simply survive, it is also a commentary on how love heals, dreams energize, and trauma can be a wake-up call. From hospital ward to the stormy Atlantic, this hard-edge story will resonate with anyone who has struggled with the “heavy weather” that unexpectedly blows through every life.
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