Clayton (Appalachian Justice
) has written an emotionally charged, engrossing book that tackles life's large and often overwhelming questions. Phillip and Anna Lewinsky are struggling with heartache and grief after the death of their first child when Anna discovers that she is pregnant at age 43. Shuttling between the past and the present, Clayton probes the couple's troubled world, as Phillip looks back at their early relationship. He recalls that when Anna shortened his name in conversation that, "as silly as it may sound, particularly given all we'd suffered at that point, it saddened me, as if I'd slipped a notch in her esteem, no longer worthy of those extra letters." With another child on the way, the couple wrestles with their demons: "We didn't want to get our families' hopes up again only to have them dashed....We also didn't want to have to make that terrible phone call again, the one signifying the end of everything." Clayton writes with a raw immediacy, and the multiple narratives satisfyingly converge to create an intense and compelling atmosphere. ~ Publishers Weekly
(reviewed August 22, 2014)
[A] stunning novel that explores the storm and stress of a marriage where both husband and wife and their long-enduring best friend Brian have cause to wonder at what loving moment was the die cast and with which random misunderstanding did their marriage become a prison. Blessed Are the Wholly Broken
is wholly satisfying and shockingly memorable. ~ Literary Aficionado
(reviewed October, 2013)
About the Author
Melinda Clayton is the author of several novels and has also published numerous articles and short stories in various print and online magazines. In addition to writing, she has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration, is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado (on retired status), is a writing tutor for Pearson/Smarthinking, and teaches writing/publishing classes for Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA program.