A zillion books have been written about women having to choose between two men, which is just what Eliot (the heroine) of I Couldn’t Love You More has to, but how many books have been written about a woman who ends up having to choose between two children?
Picture Eliot at the beach, twisting, turning to catch the perfect cell connection between her and a man she once loved who has come back into her life after her marriage. Picture her looking back at the ocean and seeing her daughter and her stepdaughter drowning in the rough tide, and she knows that since they are far apart, she can only save one of them.
Now there’s a book you want to read, a book that’s gotten raves from People, O Magazine, Vanity Fair, Kirkus, and more!
At her book talk on 6/12 at the NYU Bookstore, Jillian talked about herself taking a master class at Columbia with Toni Morrison who told about the hardships of writing fiction while she was a single mom working two jobs. She said she’s never gotten permission to do it. Looking into all the students’ eyes, in her rich cadenced voice, she said, “I give you all permission.”
And that’s what Medoff’s given herself. She’s a full time corporate woman who has three children—a daughter and stepdaughter, (thankfully a supportive husband) has given herself permission to write her third book after a painful ten year hiatus which she talks about in this article:. http://www.theguiltyparent.com/2012/06/jillian-medoff-talks-about-her-long-painful-publishing-journey/
She also talked about what the late Grace Paley told her: “Write about what you don’t know about what you know” and once again, she followed a mentor’s advice.
The cover of the book is a beach scene. Take the book with you to the shore this summer. But if you have kids with you, remember to look up every few pages!