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Product Details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061673399
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After Janie LaMarche's husband, Robby, dies in a motorcycle accident, the 38-year-old Pelham, Mass., widow embarks on a year of transformations in Fay's wise and inspirational debut. Going through the bewildering and painful cycle of grief and anger while trying to hold it together for her children—preschooler Dylan and toddler Carly—is no walk in the park. Enter Tug Malinowski, an attractive contractor Robby had hired to build a screened-in porch to surprise Janie. Tug is divorced, childless and attracted to Janie while she's tempted by Fr. Jake Sweeney, who has a secret life of misery and fears casting aside his vow of celibacy. Fay's mingling of Janie's pithy journal excerpts with crisp traditional plotting adds a nice depth to Janie's journey to emotional healing. The concerns of single motherhood after sudden tragedy come vividly to life, and as Janie learns to appreciate everyday miracles, readers will be charmed. (Jan.)
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''A gorgeous paradox of a book: a deep, thoughtful exploration of a young mother 's first year of widowhood that is as much a page turner as any thriller.'' -- Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author

''A tender tale . . . Juliette Fay can hit the high notes of emotion with unexpected moments of redemption and wry humor.'' -- Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author

''A richly told story . . . Fay writes with vivid dialog and conjures up characters that feel real enough to be sitting in your kitchen.'' --Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author

''Fay keeps the reader engaged with a vivid descriptive palette evoking the little details of life in a small town. She also does a beautiful job capturing the ebb and flow of single motherhood, from small miracles and little annoyances to the big ordeals . . . Janie's journal entries give uncensored voice to her thoughts, which are tinged with searing insight and often hilarious wry humor. '' --Boston Globe

''Fay's mingling of Janie's pithy journal excerpts with crisp traditional plotting adds a nice depth to Janie's journey to emotional healing. The concerns of single motherhood after sudden tragedy come vividly to life, and as Janie learns to appreciate everyday miracles, readers will be charmed.'' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Juliette Fay's latest novel, THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, was chosen as one of Library Journal's Top 5 "Best Books of 2012: Women's Fiction." Juliette's first novel, SHELTER ME, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award "Must-Read Book," a Target Bookmark Club selection, and on the American Booksellers Association's Indie Next list. Her second, DEEP DOWN TRUE, was short-listed for the Women's Fiction award by the American Library Association.

Juliette received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. When she's not trying to keep track of her kids or daydreaming about her next story, Juliette can be reached on her website, www.juliettefay.com; on Facebook at Juliette Fay, author; and on Twitter @juliettefay.

Customer Reviews

These characters are memorable, the story so very well written.
Pauline
It's been a long time since I got into the story of a book enough that it kept me up late (very late!)
Melissa Orlov
I will be following the author, Juliette Fay, and I look forward to her next book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By TeaFor2 on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved Shelter Me. The premise shook me up -- as a mother of young kids I can't even imagine how we would ever deal with losing my husband in an accident. It was a joy to get inside Janie's head and join her world, her struggles to get herself and the kids through every day -- no wonder Rice Crispies will just have to do for dinner sometimes!

The book is full of humor and various forms of love, and the details of life are captured just right. Juliette Fay has woven a fine story full of interesting and quirky characters.

Personally I felt torn between wanting to read the book quickly, eager to see what would happen next, yet not wanting it to end. I highly recommend this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By read4fun on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I laughed, I cried. I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want it to end!
Shelter Me made me appreciate the wonderful people & good things in my own life, without being preachy or heavy.
Janie's story is told in part through her own journal entries, giving the reader the chance to experience events through Janie's eyes (and heart). The story moves along, with just the right sprinkling of these entries throughout.

This is a book I'll share and gift (too bad it came out after the holidays this winter).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Orlov on January 8, 2009
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It's been a long time since I got into the story of a book enough that it kept me up late (very late!) reading it, but this one did. Fay has captured some of the truths we are all discovering - that life can change drastically in an instant - that help can come from surprising places. She does it with interesting characters, many of whom have fun quirks (don't we all?) I loved the scenes in which her young son dealt with his turmoil by wearing and hiding behind swim goggles.

It's a fun read and highly satisfying. I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Old book lover on January 6, 2009
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I loved this book and I shouldn't have. I am an old man and we're not supposed to like "chick-lit." But you know, Shelter Me is much more than that. It is so well written, and some experiences, such a a new widow's grief at the end of the afternoon when her husband no longer comes home, Fay absolutely nails. Describing the emotions of a priest falling in and out of love is a touchy task, and she delivers on that, too.
This is the type of book women will read and then insist that their partners read so they can have someone to talk about it with. It is amazing that this is her first novel. We will anxiously await her next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 6, 2009
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This is simply a great story. As a husband and a father, it made me both laugh out loud and cry hard enough that I had to put down the book for a while. At the end, I was left with a greater awareness of what a wonderful world I live in.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I began "Shelter Me", I thought, oh, no, here we go again, let's all feel sorry for the widow. But Juliette Fay never had me feeling too sorry for Janie - Janie was tough and was doing OK. Her character development is second to none. If anyone is tired of Jodi Piccoult's too deep, pity party novels, you will definitely be glad you picked up Juliette Fay's Shelter Me. You won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Cravagan on June 12, 2010
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I was given this book by a friend who said, "I think you will like this". Well, I did not like it, I loved it so much I contacted the author to tell her how much it touched me, and continues to do so a year later. (and she responded from her heart - how many authors do this?) I am a contractor as is one of the two main characters and yes, I could relate to this aspect of the story, but it is about people who are brought to life so vividly, so poignantly and so believably that I came to know and care about them - what more could a novelist want from her efforts? The book is exquisitely written in both third and first-person voices - not an easy thing to pull off. I could go on and on, and usually do, but all I can say is this is a touching, funny, thought-provoking story about people whose lives help make mine make more sense. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bustudent2011 on January 7, 2009
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This book isn't the type of book I usually read, but it came highly recommended by a friend so I gave it a try. I didn't expect it to be a page-turner, but I couldn't put it down! I fell in love with the characters and they stuck with me for days after finishing the book.

Definitely worth reading (and even purchasing for a later re-read!)
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