I’m delighted to share with you the cover for Holden After and Before.
The design process has been fascinating and gratifying thanks to the artistry, listening skillz, and emotional band width of Jazmin Welch at Fleck Creative. Jaz heard me when I spoke of evoking both absence and presence, lightness and dark, colour and ‘not colour’ etc… We worked through many, many iterations and landed here. I’m very pleased!
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Release date is September 27, 2022, which seems a loooooooong way away, but, time being what it is, I know the day will arrive sooner than I’m prepared for.
Here’s the first generous review:
Holden, After and Before is a brave, honest, unspeakably painful but simultaneously beautiful attempt by a ‘mother who was a light bulb striking pavement’ to come to terms with her young son’s life and death. Once I began reading, I could not tear myself from this account, which offers a rich tapestry of memoir and fiction – basically, anything Tara McGuire could recall, discover or imagine – about her son Holden, who died accidentally at age twenty-one after he ingested a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin. As I read, Tara McGuire enveloped me with her empathy, her desperate hunger to make sense of the senseless, and her humanity. She inspired me with her courageous and unflinching journey – in the wake of any parent’s worst nightmare – to become a writer as a means of honouring her lost son. ~Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes
So, here we go. NO turning back now! Knowing others will soon read this very vulnerable work is a surreal and unsettling feeling. I have no idea what to expect…on pretty much every level. The whole publishing process is very slow, methodical and careful (not qualities I’d use to describe myself), I mean, it takes YEARS! I’m still editing!!
The biggest THANK YOU to Brian Lam, publisher at Arsenal Pulp Press for seeing this work as the love song it is.