The Other Room by Kim Triedman.
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Three years after the sudden, mysterious death of their 1-year-old daughter Lily, Josef Coleman, a high-strung New York surgeon, and his editor wife Claudia Macinnes remain mired in anguish and grief. Their mourning has left them reaching out for different things in different ways: Josef for a primal, physical connection that Claudia can no longer bear, and Claudia for a connection of the soul that Josef has never really known how to offer. To numb his pain and attempt to fill the gaping hole of loss, Josef turns to a young surgical nurse named Kiera; Claudia, meanwhile, is drawn into what seems like an unrequited fantasy about her psychotherapist, Stuart. The time she spends in his office -- this sole "other room" where she can allow herself to project into the future -- becomes a rare bright spot in her weeks. The couple’s extended families soon become implicated in the unraveling of their lives. Bit by bit, haunting pasts and their impact on the present are revealed, as is the chilling truth about Lily’s death. Interwoven with Claudia’s meticulous journal entries offering glimpses of a sunnier future, the story ultimately takes a surprising turn reaffirming that in tragedy’s wake lie redemption, reckoning and peace.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Triedman has been writing poetry and fiction for over a decade. Her first volume of poetry, bathe in it or sleep, won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition; in the past few years she has won or been shortlisted in over ten additional poetry and fiction competitions. Her first full-length poetry collection, Plum(b), is to be released in early 2013 by Main Street Rag Press. Ms. Triedman is also the developer and editor of Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Art (Yileen Press, 2010), a volume which grew out of a benefit event she co-organized and co-chaired involving Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, Gail Mazur and other Boston-area poets. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Main Street Rag, Women Arts Quarterly, Poetry International, Atticus Reviewand numerous other literary journals and anthologies. She is a graduate of Brown University and is currently the managing editor of Ibbetson Street.For more information about Ms. Triedman, please visit her website at kimtriedman.net
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