The award-winning novel The Grace of Crows is a story about how an anxiety-ridden woman finds happiness through the most unexpected ways - and characters. Tormented with irrational fear, Saylor Crawmore tries every cure from self-help books and therapy to medication. Nothing has worked. She's desperate for an answer. Along with Saylor's anxiety, she must navigate the ongoing rip current between the troubled generations of her family. Her aging mother's narcissism, her teenage children's compulsions, and her husband's need to pretend everything is okay compound her debilitating fears. Saylor discovers her childhood friend Billy, homeless and ignored since his teens, and her world begins to shift. This encounter sparks Saylor's journey to gain insight into her strange fears and forge the power to overcome them. Armed with her new awareness, Saylor summons the courage to help her family.
©2013 Tracy Shawn (P)2014 Tracy Shawn
The author created an eloquently written and realistic story about one woman's struggle with anxiety, guilt, multiple family dynamics and the adventure into discovering her true self. The story shows how, where and why anxiety can sometimes stem from events and experiences throughout our lives. It also shows how a person can use those experiences to grow into a graceful crow. As someone who both suffers from and comes from a family that struggles with anxiety, it was quite realistic and hit home in many ways. I believe this book can be helpful by allowing the reader to look through an empathetic window into the daily struggles a person with anxiety can face. I highly recommend this recommending this novel and will be purchasing it for both friends and family.
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