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The Other Room by Kim Triedman.
ISBN: 978-0-9834764-7-4
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Price: $18.95

Pages: 334

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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 TriedmanKim 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 Review and 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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Praise for The Other Room

"...Proclaiming, "One death should never cost this many lives," Yvonne expresses the novel's central theme of loss reverberating throughout a family. Through her sparse prose Triedman conveys a sense of inexorable emptiness that accompanies great loss."   --Publishers Weekly

 

"The inventive lyricism and striking fervency of the narrative is enormously effective." Teisha Twomey, Wilderness House Literary Review

 

"Kim Triedman's The Other Room is a gorgeous meditation on what the death of a child can do to a family that prefers silence over exhibition.  With her pristine sentences, she depicts how even the simplest of moments can stretch the lives of the survivors dangerously thin.  The book brims with yearning, circling both the reckless and selfish sides of love and grief until the novel reaches a fever pitch.  This is the true work of a poet enriching ever possibility of narrative."   --Michelle Hoover, PEN/New England Discovery Award Winning author of The Quickening

 

 "The Other Room brims with intensity, focusing a laser beam on the way love, grief, infidelity, suspicion, disappointment, and hope can collide in a close extended family after a child's death. Triedman is a keen observer of the human psyche, and her prose breathes with the rhythms of real life."  --Jessica Treadway, author of Please Come Back To Me, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

"Triedman jolts you with her flesh-and-blood characters as they navigate a landscape of secrets and self-discovery following upon an unspeakable loss.  A visceral, sensuous read."   --Kate Southwood, author of Falling to Earth


"In The Other Room, Kim Triedman uses her considerable skills as a poet to create a graceful suspenseful story of loss and love, with a startling revelation at its heart."   --Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest