Amanda McTigue Going to Solace

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Going to Solace

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GOING TO SOLACE was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB's "Word for Word." In this moving tale, it's Thanksgiving week, 1989. We're in Big Piney and Little Piney, two hollows near the town of Garnet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A handful of mismatched folks - some country people, some far-flung, fancy people - discover they have one thing in common: someone they know is sick, real sick, dying sick. Their paths cross at a local hospice called Solace. Suddenly, they're caregivers, bedside improvisers, doing all they can to beat back death or "hurry him on about his business."

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What knocks me out is the way "ordinary" people figure things out. Like the night my mom armed us kids with tennis rackets, brooms, oven mitts and catcher's masks because my baby sister said there was a "bird" in her bedroom. The bird was a bat. Mom didn't have a playbook on Bats in Bedrooms. None of us does. She just figured it out. 

My dad could think on his feet too. As an eye doctor, he was honor-bound to tell the truth. So what was he to say to a patient with multiple personalities when she complained that the glasses he'd prescribed for Betty didn't work for Susie? Or Anne? Or Esmerelda? 

Okay, there was no Esmerelda, but you catch my drift. Dad had to figure it out. He began with the truth. He told Betty that she and her "sisters" all shared the same eyeball, therefore, the same prescription. But -- but, he said -- he completely understood each "sister's" desire to have her own pair of glasses. Why not assign different frames for different people? Use a color code? Betty could have the blue pair, Susie the pink and so on. Dad was happy to pick up the tab. Betty was just plain happy.

Are people not wonderfully surprising? Those are the kinds of stories that inspired Going to Solace. It's a novel to be sure. None of these characters is based closely on my own life. But their resourcefulness is familiar to me. Their unheralded heroism is evident in so many people I've known. Their foolishness too. It's that combo that I wanted to explore and celebrate in these pages. I love these characters. I hope you'll feel the same.

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"What The Help did for the Deep South, Going to Solace does for Appalachia."
Waights Taylor, Jr., Author, Our Southern Home 

"Amanda McTigue masterfully sets us down in a small town in the South, where we see in each of her characters reflections of our own capacity for caring, forgiveness, and integrity."
David Robert Ord, Editorial Director, Namaste Publishing; Author,Your Forgotten Self

"You are not alone. That's the message every hospice worker brings to those facing terminal illness--and it's the take-away from this wonderful book."
Karen Kenney, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ

"Just as you wipe away your tears of compassion, like a stand-up comedienne, McTigue has you weeping with laughter."
Carol Benet, Ph.D. book club leader, San Francisco Bay Area

"The author welcomes us by playing with assumptions about race, ability and cultural heritage. Others' stories become ours, multiple stories become one, exploring what happens when we're brought together under the terrible, leveling shadow of death." 
Lynne D. Morrow Ph.D. Professor, Music and American Culture, Sonoma State University

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