“Watching her father sculpt was like witnessing a magician produce something out of air. TR was the enchanted wizard, and Sara was his little fairy muse. At least, that was the story she used to tell herself.”
In Nicole Meier’s new novel, GIRL MADE of CLAY (LakeUnionPublishing), Sara remembers watching her famous father, Thomas Richard Harlow (TR) create art as a little girl, but that was then and this is now. Sara hasn’t heard from her father since he left decades ago, leaving her with her unstable mother. Now in her forties, she gets a call out of the blue from a hospital asking if she’s the daughter of Thomas Richard Harlow. At first, she hangs up saying no, but then she calls back. Suddenly, TR is back in her life.
TR has been living only an hour away for the better part of her life, but now that he’s been burned in his house fire, he needs her help. TR enters her house, more a stranger than parent and disrupts the already tense atmosphere between Sara and husband, Charlie and their ten-year old, Sam who is interested in bonding with this very strange old man. Now that TR is in her house, old wounds open. She must decide if she’s willing to forgive the man who broke her hear all those years ago.
I enjoyed Nicole’s new novel, very much. It made me take a long look at my own relationship with my father. How she used metaphor between healing relationships and damaged bodies could have been very obvious, but she used it with TLC. I appreciate how Nicole’s writing continues to bloom. You can see that she’s grown since her last novel, THE HOUSE of BRADBURY, which we also loved.
Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosey Aussiedoodle.
Her debut novel, THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY, a story of an aspiring writer living in the house of iconic author Ray Bradbury, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by Refinery29.
Her works have been published in The Oregonian, Cascade Journal, Southern Oregon Magazine, Women Writers Women’s Books, We Heart Writing, and more.
Thanks to Nicole we’re lucky to have a signed copy of THE GIRL MADE of CLAY to giveaway. Just tell us what medium of art, you enjoy.
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