Thankful Reads with Author Christine Marciniak November 13, 2017 – Posted in: Books, Writing – Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Today in our series of Thankful Reads is CBAY author Christine Marciniak!

“When asked what book I am thankful for, I realized I’d never really thought about books in those terms. I read all the time and many books have had an impact on me, but which one prompts
thankfulness?

It didn’t take long for the answer to come to me: The Summer of the Great-Grandmother. When I was in college my dear friend gave me a boxed set of Madeleine L’Engle books. It was not the Time Quintet or any of her other fiction, instead it was The Crosswick Chronicles. The series of three books, A Circle of Quiet, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, and The Irrational Season, are a combination memoir and journal. Reading them is like sitting down for a cup of coffee and a chat with the author.

The second book in the series is The Summer of the Great-Grandmother. In this book L’Engle talks about the aging and death of her elderly mother. It is touching and poignant and deals with very raw emotions in a very real way. Up to this point in my life I had not lost anyone close to me to death. I was twenty, and very lucky to still have all four of my grandparents living. But shortly after I read that book, my grandfather, who lived with us, was hospitalized for pneumonia. He did not come home again.

It became the summer of the grandfather for me, and it was very hard. But I always thought that having just read that book, which showed a way through the pain, made it that much easier to bear the loss. It
gave me a road map, so to speak, to a country I had not encountered before. For that reason, I’d have to
say that if I am thankful for any book it is The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine
L’Engle.”

 

 

Christine Marciniak  is the author of the upcoming CBAY novel Once Upon a Princess. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.