Finding Light in a Lost Year
by Carin Fahr Shulusky
May 16 – June 10, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
“What a difference a year makes.” (2125/2515) Shulusky gives readers the story of one family's experience with the worldwide pandemic. We get a good picture of the pressures experienced, losing a job or mandated working from home, school online, shortages of supplies, the deaths, and more. This novel, with its realistic scenes, really brings home the experience of living through those unusual years. She takes us through the first part of 2021 and a few of her characters have some strong opinions about the events of January 6.
I like how Shulusky shows both sides of the pandemic experiences. There were great losses but there were also great learning experiences. Relationships were healed as people were forced to be in close proximity. Families experienced a new and different kind of togetherness. The novel is a good example of how an experience such as Covid-19 can be both bad and good. It can produce despair or growth in relationships.
Shulusky's writing style is straightforward. It is a good book for readers who like lots of prose, especially including the thoughts of the main character. The novel is a good reminder of what we have experienced and the lessons learned from it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book DetailsGenre: Family & Relationship, Biographical Fiction
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Carin Fahr Shulusky was born and raised in west St. Louis County. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she received a B.J (Bachelor of Journalism). After college she worked in advertising for GE and Monsanto. She was the first professional woman in her division of each. After 25 years in Marketing, she created her own firm, Marketing Alliance. She was president of Marketing Alliance, from 2002 – 2014. She is a past-president of the Business Marketing Association of St. Louis. Carin Fahr is married to Richard Shulusky. They have two grown children and one marvelous granddaughter. Grandma Carin has a life long love of cooking, even writing her own cookbook. In 2014 Carin retired to devote full time to writing. Her first book, In the Middle was inspired by her own battle to care for her beloved mother, Dorothy Fahr. Many of the stories Carrie Young’s mother tells her in In the Middle came from Carin’s mother. Carin is a lifelong member of Pathfinder Church in Ellisville, Missouri, where she volunteers in early childhood.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)