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Finding Mary: A Journey of Reclamation
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Title: Finding Mary: A Journey of Reclamation
Author: Julie Rumrill
Publication date: March, 2021
Available In: ebook and paperback
eBook ISBN: 9781098356040 ($9.99 USD)
Paperback ISBN: 9781098356033
Retail price: $17.99 USD
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
SubGenre: Personal Memoirs
[short] Finding Mary is the story of one sister's journey through the dark confines of unresolved grief toward forgiveness and understanding. What begins as a simple wish to visit her sister Mary's grave, turns into a compelling quest for truth, honor, and justice in the face of murder. The author, Julie, invites you to re-examine forgotten promises, old secrets, and the complicated ways families cope with traumatic loss. Part mystery, part reclamation, Finding Mary is threaded with beautiful descriptions of the natural world, and is a heartfelt experience you won't want to miss. It will make you laugh, cry, and celebrate the enduring and precious gift of family.
[long] Julie Rumrill was only four when her 16-year-old sister Louise was murdered. Three years later, her 13-year-old sister Mary died as well. Her broken family did what was necessary to survive, and mostly, that meant silence—silence about death, about grief, and about them.
For nearly four decades, Julie abided by the family script, burying the memories of her sisters deep within her subconscious. Then, after her dad reveals that he had never been to Mary’s grave, she decides they should go together. But there’s one major complication: no one actually knows where Mary is buried.
Her quest to find Mary leads Julie on a spiritual journey to an Abode in the Appalachians, an Ashram in the Himalayas, and into the darkness of a 250-page police report that recounts her sister Louise’s murder. But when a close friend of Julie’s is suddenly murdered too, a derailing mix of anger, fear, and guilt surfaces. Desperate to find peace, she’s forced to draw on the wisdom of several generations to see this journey to its fruition.
Finding Mary captures the persistence of grief, the ways in which traumatic loss shatters a family, and the power of truth as an agent of healing. At times both touching and tragic, this heartfelt journey of reclamation, will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the precious and enduring gift of family.
"This compelling family story draws you into a journey of rediscovery.“ -- Dr. P. Vanamburgh, author, One Mission to Africa.
“Powerful, reflective, and inspiring. This story is a must read for those touched by grief.” – Dr. E. Murray.
A powerful and emotional journey of family and remembrance you won’t forget.” – Mel B., LMS expert and avid reader.
“This brilliantly-wrought memoir plumbs the depths of grief, while managing to offer hope.” – Erin Glover, attorney and writer, University of Denver Law Review.
“…It’s not often that non-fiction or memoir is a page turner, but this beautifully written account is just that.” – Calanais Duende, amazon reviewer.
“This book gets a grip on you early, and never lets go.” “….clearly her background as a scientist is a huge plus for her descriptive powers…” – Hank Herman, amazon reviewer.
“So well-written that I couldn’t put it down! The actual little vignettes alone are so precious. I am definitely keeping it in my library to re-read bits and pieces…”—Kies LaVack, amazon reviewer.
Bio for re-use
Julie Rumrill is a faculty member in the Department of Earth Science at Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT. She holds an M.S. in Geology and is a doctoral student at the University of Hartford. In addition to her academic life, Julie is a certified yoga and Mindfulness instructor. When she is not writing, teaching, consulting or leading workshops, she enjoys adventure travel, volunteering, reading, painting, bird watching, and spending precious time with family.
Julie is available for interviews and appearances including book discussion groups, grief groups, and informal gatherings. Contact her for more information or to schedule a date.