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Staying Alive: A Love Story Paperback – September 13, 2011
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CT, where she went on to teach high school and freelance for regional
publications. She married, raised her daughter and son through
her thirties and forties, and was widowed before she turned fifty.
She completed her MFA in Writing at Western Connecticut State
University in 2010.
Laura's previous writing has been published by The Hartford
Courant, Northeast magazine, the Journal Inquirer, Connecticut
Parent, Hartford Woman, and Imprint publications . Her essay,
"Saved by the Belle" took first place in the First Annual Mark Twain
Days Essay Contest on American Politics & Government, judged
by Russell Baker, Garry Trudeau, and Joyce Chadwick-Joshua.
Recently, her essay "Nesting" received an honorable mention from
Connecticut Review, a journal published by the Connecticut State
Top Customer Reviews
Instead of finding a "how to help me book", I found a beautiful, sincere memoir of a woman mourning the death of her husband. Yet while dealing with all the realities of her loss, she celebrates the life they had together.
Her husband had recently had bypass surgery and his family was relieved and looking forward to many more years together. A week later he dies suddenly due to complications. My heart broke for her. My husband survived 2 bypass surgeries and I remember how happy I was he would live. Many years later, he also died suddenly during a minor procedure not involving his heart.
I related to her story in so many ways: her shock, pain, walking through the fog and being slammed daily with the truth that the one you loved most is gone. Although it was not what I expected, the book was a blessing. By her sharing not only about her grief, but her memories with her husband, coping with day to day realities of his death, and her life years later, it helped me see a bigger picture.
When someone you love deeply dies, you find yourself focusing on your loss and sorrow. The wonderful memories that come to mind are tied to your grief at first. Ms. Hayden helped me realize those memories are a legacy and joy you will hold on to forever, even though at the present they are bittersweet. By sharing her journey I was reminded again there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If she made it through with God's help as have many others before me, then I will too. Her writing was honest and transparent.Read more ›
As the memoir unfolds, we learn that Laura Hayden is a person of deep faith, strong family ties, and stamina. Fortunate for her, as she will need and use the depth of these gifts in the years following her husband's death. In her recollections, we learn about her ethnic roots and we get to know her humorous and insightful husband. Through her words, I felt the loss of the relationship, the loss to her children, just the loss of him as a person. I wish I had known him. When she reflects on the "why" questions and watches for "signs" that Larry is okay --- and maybe even still with them, perhaps in a different way, we absolutely understand, and recall moments in our own lives when we were there, too.
The ragged writing style in the initial chapters, whether intended as a literary device or not, draws us in. Once beyond the traumatic memories of his death, I noticed shifts in the author's writing style, perhaps reflecting her changes in mood as she pieced the memoir together. Sometimes simple sentence construction and lean description, sometimes gritty dialogue and irreverence, sometimes crisp witty passages, sometimes eloquent reflections on the situation or the past --- her style adapts, just like she has done.
Over the course of the memoir journey, the author introduces us to the people in this family's circle of life. The memoir vignettes, some funny, some sad, some thought provoking, take place in different time periods.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given this book to review in exchange for an honest blog review.
I honestly couldn’t finish this book. Read more
I was interested to read the story of how this woman dealt with the unexpected death of her husband at a very young age. This is listed as a Christian book. It is not. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by SandrasKitchenNook
Written by: Laura B. Hayden
Published by: Signalman Publishing
I am always interested in real life stories - from memoirs to autobiographies to this... Read more
Staying Alive: A Love Story by Laura B. Hayden is a touching memoir of the loss of her husband. Laura lost her husband, Larry, suddenly when he was just 49 years old after he... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Denise McFarland
It has been over a year since I wrote a review of Laura's book for The Catholic Transcript. Here are some excerpts:
"In a chapter called 'Nesting,' she creates an... Read more
This book is beautiful, spiritual, funny, and heart-breaking all at once. Ms. Hayden's voice, her family's story, and the lovely writing stay with you long after you put down the... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Avid Reader