"Alabaster Houses offers the best of both worlds to a reader: (the )intimacy (of a) memoir and the tension and plot offered by the traditional (novel)... a journey of discovery that is a joy to read." - San Francisco Book Review
"McLaughlin invites readers on a journey of the heart in this celebration of life, death and what it means to be human... McLaughlin's storytelling is superb... A tour de force that makes readers face hard truths about the effect a person's choices can have on her soul." - Kirkus Reviews
"Debut novelist Lara McLaughlin soars out of the gate with her tale of entanglement, grief, guilt and familial anguish... A wrenching search for peace and absolution by a talented new writer." - US Review of Books"A practiced short story writer, McLaughlin's use of style and language...give a truly strong voice to both (women characters). With great skill, McLaughlin illustrates how acceptance and understanding can sometimes be the only way forward." - Foreword Clarion Review"Alabaster Houses is an invigorating and thoughtful meditation that will leave readers with a renewed appreciation for their own significant relationships. McLaughlin's relationships are deep, wide, authentic and heartbreaking." - Urbanite Magazine
About the Author
Lara McLaughlin is currently winner of the 2011 Book of the Year Award for Multicultural Fiction and the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book award for her debut novel, Alabaster Houses. She is a past recipient of the Best Short Fiction award by Baltimore Sun Magazine, and has published short stories and non-fiction articles in various magazines, journals and collections. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Master in Writing Program, and former founder, administrator, and teacher at the Odyssey School in Stevenson, Maryland. She lives with her husband and family outside of Baltimore, and is working on her second novel.