Lara McLaughlin Alabaster Houses

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Alabaster Houses

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Sometimes, the least likely encounter changes everything... Jane Pepper is a thirty six year old editor in a small Baltimore press. Until the past year her life has been comfortable and enviable, but when her daughter develops leukemia, then accidentally dies, only Jane knows the reason for the accident. Keeping the secret may cost her her family, her career, and her sanity. Human rights photographer, Riva Hakim, the only child of multi-racial, multi-faith parents, has survived a volatile, itinerant childhood and loveless marriage to gain international acclaim for her work. Now, at fifty-two, and under contract to write her memoirs, she must put away her camera and find a way to frame the past before she can face the future. But that future is turned upside down the morning she finds a stranger named Jane Pepper on her doorstep. Spanning both sides of the Atlantic from Washington D.C. to the Canary Islands to Sudan, Alabaster Houses is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who are both at a critical crossroad in life. Book Club discussion questions are included, and a link to videos featuring the author discussing her work.

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Lara McLaughlin is currently winner of the 2011 Book of the Year Award for Multicultural Fiction and the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book award for her debut novel, Alabaster Houses. She is a past recipient of the Best Short Fiction award by Baltimore Sun Magazine, and has published short stories and non-fiction articles in various magazines, journals and collections. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Master in Writing Program, and former founder, administrator, and teacher at the Odyssey School in Stevenson, Maryland. She lives with her husband and family outside of Baltimore, and is working on her second novel.

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"Alabaster Houses offers the best of both worlds to a reader: (the )intimacy (of a) memoir and the tension and plot offered by the traditional (novel)... a journey of discovery that is a joy to read." - San Francisco Book Review

"McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human... McLaughlin's storytelling is superb... A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul." - Kirkus Reviews

"Debut novelist Lara McLaughlin soars out of the gate with her tale of entanglement, grief, guilt and familial anguish... A wrenching search for peace and absolution by a talented new writer." - US Review of Books

"A practiced short story writer, McLaughlin's use of style and language...give a truly strong voice to both (women characters).  With great skill, McLaughlin illustrates how acceptance and understanding can sometimes be the only way forward." - Foreword Clarion Review

"Alabaster Houses is an invigorating and thoughtful meditation that will leave readers with a renewed appreciation for their own significant relationships. McLaughlin's relationships are deep, wide, authentic and heartbreaking." - Urbanite Magazine

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