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Author: Kate Braestrup Narrator: Kate Braestrup Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781478927808
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Kate Braestrup’s life was transformed by the loss of her husband; now Kate faces the possibility that she may lose her son.

As a young mother Kate Braestrup discovered the fierce protectiveness that accompanies parenthood. In the intervening years—through mourning her husband and the joy of remarriage and a blended family—Kate has absorbed the rewards and complications of that spirit. 

But when her eldest son joins the Marines, Kate is at a crossroads: can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with the fear of letting go? 

As Kate examines the twinned emotions of faith and fear—inspired by the families she meets as a chaplain and by her son’s journey towards purpose and familyhood—she learns that the threats we can’t predict will rip us apart and knit us together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Braestrup cuts an intriguing figure in her warm, thoughtful chronicle of her time in the trenches as a parent and on the job. Braestrup’s compassion, grace, and wisdom come through loud and clear.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sensitive and wholesomely charming, the book is refreshingly free of preachy proselytization and instead addresses the bittersweetness of parenthood and perennial nurturing. Braestrup delivers another appealing, tenderhearted memoir braiding faith and family.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Kate Braestrup is funny, reflective, and—above all—honest. In Anchor and Flares, she has proven, once again, that she is a writer upon whom nothing is lost, even when her mind is reeling.” 

    Phyllis Theroux, author of Night Lights: Bedtime Stories for Parents in the Dark 

  • “It’s always a treat when an author has the talent and experience to narrate her own memoir. Here, Kate Braestrup’s clear and expressive performance creates a strong connection with her listeners as she shares her thoughts on parenting, family, and a life in service… Braestrup’s sincere compassion for others, love and respect for her family, and easy sense of humor color her delivery, inviting listeners into her world.”


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About the Author

Kate Braestrup is the chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and author of the memoir Here If You Need Me and the novel Onion. She has written for the New York Times magazine; Boston Globe Sunday magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Mademoiselle; More; Ms.; and Law and Order. She lives in Maine with her husband and children.