Souvenir

Souvenir

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Fowler's debut is the heartbreaking story of a woman who made what she thought was a responsible decision, only to have to live with the consequences...When Meg discovers she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), she knows she has only one chance to make peace with the past and give her daughter hope for the future. The choices made by Meg and Savannah may be controversial with some readers, but, nevertheless, this outstanding debut is recommended for all public libraries. --Library Journal (starred review)

"Souvenir is tender, touching, and completely compelling. I cared so much about these characters, couldn't put the novel down, read through the night. Therese Fowler writes with such wisdom about young love, intense and impossible choices, and the way one decision can affect an entire life."
-Luanne Rice

In this powerful fiction debut, Therese Fowler combines the emotional resonance of Nicholas Sparks with the intense, true-to-life richness of Jodi Picoult to create a stunning and dramatic novel all her own.

Meg Powell and Carson McKay grew were raised side by side on their families' farms, bonded by a love that only deepened. Everyone in their small rural community in northern Florida thought that Meg and Carson would always be together. But at twenty-one, Meg was presented with a marriage proposal she could not refuse, forever changing the course of her life.

Seventeen years later, Meg's marriage has become routine, and she spends her time juggling the demands of her medical practice, the needs of her widowed father, and the whims of her rebellious teenage daughter, Savannah, who is confronting her burgeoning sexuality in a dangerous manner, and pushing her mother away just when she needs her most. Then, after a long absence, Carson returns home to prepare for his wedding to a younger woman. As Carson struggles to determine where his heart and future lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery that will upset the balance of everyone around her.

Unfolding with warmth and passion, Therese Fowler's vibrant and moving debut illuminates the possibility of second chances, the na#65533;ve choices of youth, the tensions within families, and the wondrous designs of fate. A searing yet redemptive novel, Souvenir is an unforgettable tale about the transforming power of love.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780345499684
Branch Call Number: FOW
Characteristics: xiv, 362 pages ; 24 cm

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heathersmilez
May 11, 2013

This story was excellent! The well-reached nature of Jody Picoult and the sentimental romance of Nicholas Sparks. That being said, this author is a one hit wonder, her second book ‘Reunion’ is HORRIBLE!! It is sooooooooooooo extremely boring I’m shocked I bothered to finish it (call it Go-Train commuter desperation). She introduces like a dozen characters right at the beginning most of which start with the letter ‘M’ and the plot never goes anywhere, no emotion and the ending is dull. It basically has the well thought out nature of a 4th grade project so enjoy this book ‘Survivor’ because the good reading stops there.

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