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The Art of Losing Yourself: A Novel Paperback – April 21, 2015
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“Once again Ganshert holds us spellbound in a beautiful story of endurance and hope—offering no easy answers but the irresistible light of Christ to guide us. And what characters! Real, heartbroken, warm and seeking—within them we meet our friends, our family, ourselves. I thoroughly enjoyed this and, as always, eagerly await her next.”
—Katherine Reay, author of Lizzy & Jane and Dear Mr. Knightley
“The Art of Losing Yourself highlights Katie Ganshert’s vivid prose as it brims with reality that will challenge and change you with every turn of the page. Ganshert is not afraid to write raw, to wrestle with the things that test our faith and—if we are willing—will draw us closer to God.”
—Beth K. Vogt, author of Somebody Like You, one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014
“Katie Ganshert’s poignant novel hits deep emotional chords as the characters battle to a place of healing through a haze of pain. As someone who has experienced the deep pain of miscarriage, I could so easily relate to Carmen’s journey. Carmen’s story emphasizes what I learned: the pain and broken relationships can be healed. While plumbing deep waters, this is a story of resounding hope and discovery. I highly recommend it!”
—Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten
“The Art of Losing Yourself will have readers lost in its pages for hours, journeying along with two sisters in a rich, emotionally-charged tale of second chances, restoration, and finding hope—and love—when it seems perpetually out of sight.”
—Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes
“Author Katie Ganshert will sweep you into another world in The Art of Losing Yourself. I loved this book! The journey Katie’s characters take is raw, beautiful, and honest, and the prose is lovely.”
—Cindy Woodsmall, author of A Love Undone
“In The Art of Losing Yourself, Katie Ganshert has woven a sensitive story of hope and healing for our modern world. The empathy with which Ganshert explores the complexity of the human heart was so authentic and the depth of emotion so real, I was moved to tears more than once. Sisters, daughters, and mothers alike will find themselves moved by this book.”
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin and A Sparrow in Terezin
“Sitting down with a Katie Ganshert novel is like talking with a trusted friend. Something to look forward to, knowing the conversation won’t disappoint and you’ll be the better for it at the end. The Art of Losing Yourself is a poignant tale of estrangement, loss and grief, and the joy that comes in discovering you are indeed loved. In her classic tell-it-like-is style, Ganshert’s complex characters step off the page and invite you in. Their journeys are difficult, but relatable, and we’re sucked along for the ride, rooting for them the whole way through. And when the last page is turned, we are left with a smile and the contented sigh that comes at the conclusion of every wonderful read.”
—Catherine West, award-winning author of Yesterday’s Tomorrow
“Wounded, heart-tugging characters. Beautiful prose. An emotional journey that holds the reader captive. Katie Ganshert has such a way of tapping into those raw, vulnerable places with her characters, and The Art of Losing Yourself is no exception. I love the thread of hope and unabashed honesty weaving through this story of loss and letting go.”
—Melissa Tagg, author of From the Start
“With a keen attention to detail and a unique, prosaic voice, Katie Ganshert has woven a poignant and powerful story in The Art of Losing Yourself. Universal themes, charged, realistic emotions and characters readers will easily relate to make this story a standout.”
—Courtney Walsh, author of the New York Times e-book bestseller A Sweethaven Summer and Paper Hearts
“The Art of Losing Yourself took my breath away with its ability to portray the complex facets of human relationships in such a realistic, yet tender way. Ganshert’s writing creates a prism of perspectives into the lives of characters as deeply flawed as they are endearing. Carmen and Gracie’s stories made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think—and that’s my definition of a perfect novel.”
—Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Chicory Inn Novels series
About the Author
Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she's not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website, katieganshert.com.
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I loved this one. This is most definitely not a giddy story. The story is real and honest, and I am so glad I read it. I wish there would have been an epilogue at the end, but otherwise no complaints from me here. Highly recommend this one!
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed..." RO 4.18
Gracie Fisher is determined to run; away from a mother who cannot stay sober, away from teachers who do not want to understand her and away from a self-inflicted barrage of self-condemnation. When Gracie and Carmen re-unite on the grounds of an old abandoned family motel, they re-discover sisterhood in a way that only God above could orchestrate. Their journey, a dance with many movements and long pauses, includes two men, a beloved aunt and a passage through a "valley of dry bones".
"The Art of Losing Yourself" is not only well written, it demonstrates this author's ability to write stories of significance.