The memoir that documents the strange parallels between my first wife’s illness and death and my stepdaughter’s battle and recovery three years later is now available.
Just click on the cover below or follow the link to the site!
The memoir that documents the strange parallels between my first wife’s illness and death and my stepdaughter’s battle and recovery three years later is now available for pre-order through SPD and Amazon.
A moving nonfiction debut by Mississippi Delta poet Mike Smith, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife’s illness and his stepdaughter’s similar battle the year his second marriage began, and examines blended families, remarriage, and the influence of spirituality upon loss.
“What a gift Mike Smith has given us in the pages of And There Was Evening and There Was Morning. He tells of his “two Emilys,” as first his wife and, later, his step daughter battle cancer, one dying and one surviving. He is a clear-eyed and trustworthy guide through the harrowing kingdoms of illness and grieving. His prose is nuanced, his voice considered and considerate, his wisdom hard-earned but never bitter. There is beauty and solace here and gorgeous imagery.” — Beth Ann Fennelly
“Brimming with hard-earned truths, Smith’s memoir doesn’t simply plumb the depths of grief. He deftly weaves in his late wife’s brilliant theological insights and his own strong tether to literature while telling a sweeping love story that is also about loss and hope and renewal.” — Julianna Baggott
“Rarely does a book demand so much strength of a reader as does Mike Smith’s And There Was Evening, And There Was Morning. Seductive to read, it is a minefield of heartbreak on every page. Smith loses his first wife here to cancer just months after the birth of their second child. The book is a stunned, out of body experience.” — Tony D’Souza
I don’t think I have it in me to tackle the whole book, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the excerpts I’ve read and ruminating over the many lovely responses to Nina Riggs’ The Bright Hour, which is justly receiving great praise. So many parallels to my Emily…same exact diagnosis, similar age (Emily was 36; Nina 37), both mothers to two small children, the city of Greensboro, N.C., UNC-G. Emily died four months after diagnosis; Nina 2 years, but both their books appeared posthumously, etc. etc.
I can’t yet read it all the way through, but you should.
What a wonderful surprise!
My Advance Reading Copies for the memoir arrived today
and I could not be happier! Thank you, WTAW PRESS!
I’m thrilled to announce that my memoir, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, is now available for pre-order directly from WTAW press. You can read all about the book and see the cover below, Plus, you get a $2.00 discount for pre-ordering!!!
Just click on the image of the cover on the right!
(Those of you who know something of the story I tell will know just how much it meant to me to write that first sentence. No project has meant or could mean more to me.)