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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juliette Fay Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470803261
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In the tradition of Marisa de los Santos and Anne Tyler comes a moving debut about a young mother’s year of heartbreak, loss, and forgiveness—and help that arrives from unexpected sources.

Four months after her husband’s death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband—now his last gift to her.

As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow—mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can’t release. Yet Janie’s self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy, overmanicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.

As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others—even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gorgeous paradox of a book: a deep, thoughtful exploration of a young mother’s first year of widowhood that is as much a page-turner as any thriller.”

    Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A tender tale…Juliette Fay can hit the high notes of emotion with unexpected moments of redemption and wry humor.”

    Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A richly told story…Fay writes with vivid dialog and conjures up characters that feel real enough to be sitting in your kitchen.”

    Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fay keeps the reader engaged with a vivid descriptive palette evoking the little details of life in a small town. She also does a beautiful job capturing the ebb and flow of single motherhood, from small miracles and little annoyances to the big ordeals…Janie’s journal entries give uncensored voice to her thoughts, which are tinged with searing insight and often hilarious wry humor. ”

    Boston Globe

  • “Fay’s mingling of Janie’s pithy journal excerpts with crisp traditional plotting adds a nice depth to Janie’s journey to emotional healing. The concerns of single motherhood after sudden tragedy come vividly to life, and as Janie learns to appreciate everyday miracles, readers will be charmed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Good Housekeeping Best Book Pick
  • Selected for the January 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 2/19/2014

    " One of the best narrations of grief I've read. It's funny, sad and upbeat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 2/14/2014

    " Enjoyed every page of this book and found myself wanting to get into bed and read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this book. It is very well written and very emotional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena | 1/31/2014

    " While I admit that the story was engaging, I found the writing to be elementary. I really have nothing in common with the main character of Janie, and if it weren't for the "forbidden attachment between a young priest and a grief-stricken young woman" plot element, I wouldn't have been so drawn in to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy B. (personal account) Babiasz | 1/29/2014

    " When the back cover described Juliette Fay's debut novel as reminiscent of Marisa de Los Santos and Lolly Winston's Good Grief, I nodded and smiled and thought "You wish." Oh, they mention Anne Tyler, too, but that doesn't impress me quite as much. The great back cover writers of the world do not lie. I did not start this book with a lot of hope, but I quickly became incredibly attached to the protagonist. The storyline itself does sound almost a bit too similar to Good Grief, one of my favorite books of all time (thanks be to God). It essentially tells the story of a young widow's life in the first year after her husband's unexpected death. But if that was the only likeness, I wouldn't have even finished the book. Fay's writing style is also like Winston and de Los Santos' in the way the reader becomes so emotionally involved. It doesn't matter that the plot doesn't resemble any experience of my own. I felt everything Janie, the main character, felt, just as deeply. This is usually my definition of good writing, when I feel like I can totally empathize with one of the characters. You probably have to be in a bit of the right place to read and appreciate this--it's an emotional roller coaster--but it's totally worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth Clifford | 1/27/2014

    " This book deals with the hard struggles the main character faces as a single mother to a 4 year old and an infant after her husband suddenly dies after being hit by a car. Not prepared at all, she struggles from finances to everyday life. Before the accident, her husband had arranged to have a new deck put on the house as a surprise gift to his wife which she doesn't find out about until after the accident- this gift brings more than just a deck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Magee | 1/20/2014

    " Beautiful. A book that made me cry then smile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 1/20/2014

    " Easy reading and not high literature, but I loved it. A good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/7/2013

    " I really liked this book. I thought maybe it would be too much of a tear-jerker considering the subject, but I really only cried a little in the middle and a lot the last 50 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/6/2013

    " Nice story line. Read other books during this one and was able to pick up from where I stopped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 11/16/2013

    " Heart-wrenching story of a young widow's first year after the death of her husband. Lots of language, but she's angry and in a dark place. Loved how she learned to love the ones who were always there for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/23/2013

    " This was a nice sweet book about a woman coping with loss and how to move on with life especially with young children involved. A tiny bit predictable but still enjoyable and I definitely wanted to hang on to see how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/16/2013

    " It was amazing real and sad. I loved how the book didn't try to pick up like nothing happen it was like seeing into the soul of someone who just went through a tremendous lose. I especially loved the journal entries "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginna | 9/18/2013

    " I liked it. A friend raved about it, so I was expected more and was a little disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 9/16/2013

    " Reading for August Book Club "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2013

    " This is the story of a woman learning to embrace life after losing her husband in a tragic accident. Although the story is often sad (how could it not be, given the subject matter?), there are moments of true brilliance in the writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marta | 10/25/2012

    " Loved the writing, characters and emotions in this book. No neat and tidy story, just a bit of reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Rambousek | 8/18/2012

    " Not an uncommon story yet the author presented in a "I wanted to read what was next" An enjoyable read. Didn't want the story to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/12/2012

    " Good book - Often sad but also one of those 'How would I act in this situation?' It is about love and family and about loss and hurting! I know that doesn't sound very good but it is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 6/19/2012

    " This was a quick and easy read with a sad but compelling story. She really nails many aspects of motherhood that made me nod or laugh in appreciation. It falls into cliche a bit too often, but overall it was a satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina London | 5/9/2012

    " Haven't read really good chic lit in a while. The best part about Shelter Me was the honesty of the characters. They were totally real and very likeable. Will definitely seek out Juliette Fay's other two novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/11/2012

    " Sad story but I liked the way it wound through family, faith, and love. In the en, I was satisfied with where the book w ENT and only shed a few tears! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/24/2012

    " Good read. Made me cry a couple of times. Wouldn't necessarily tell anyone "oh you gotta read this" though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 2/15/2012

    " Awesome! Very well written novel about a young widow with children. Set in Western Massachusetts - spookily familiar setting and circumstances to my own life. Juliette Fay exquisitely captured the experience of young widowhood and motherhood. Tender, strong and brilliant. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari | 2/11/2012

    " this was an excellent book. i looked forward to putting the kids to bed and having my night-time read. but even though, like in most books, the ending was very neat and tidy (which seldom happens in real life) i enjoyed it to the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/12/2011

    " This was one of those books that I discovered while perusing the shelves at my local library. Easy to read... good story line... believable characters... but it wasn't anything "extraordinary" in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perrin | 7/2/2011

    " I read this very quickly and it was good and felt full of emotion. It was tough to read about a widowed mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollie | 6/21/2011

    " such a good book I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/8/2011

    " very sweet. a lovely book to curl up with for an afternoon or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 6/1/2011

    " I would have liked it better if there hadn't been so much swearing.... potty-mouth mommy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekka | 5/24/2011

    " It was a great book! I really really enjoyed the plot and the character development. I found this book purely by accident and I couldnt have enjoyed it more :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/22/2011

    " I loved this book; I didn't want the story to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/30/2011

    " This was a tender story about a young mother who tries to make it on her own after her husband dies. (Hmm.. The author's other book is about a young mother who tries to make it on her own after a divorce. I think I sense a pattern here...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/11/2011

    " I really liked this book. It is very well written and very emotional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 4/6/2011

    " My mom told me how good this book was, and she was right! I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It seemed a little slow to get into it,but once in, quite easily picked up and read. A story of undying love for a husband senselessly killed while riding his bike without a helmet and leaving behind a young, grieving wife and two small children. "

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About the Author
Author Juliette Fay

Juliette Fay earned her BA from Boston College and her MA from Harvard University. Shelter Me, her first novel, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award Book of the Year. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”