Juliette, a New Yorker transplated to Portland, Oregon for a teaching job journeys through single parenthood, orphanhood, widowhood, new love, neurotic parents, beloved students, and a life-altering bereavement group. Along the way, Juliette blends her acerbic wit with an admirable willingness to sit in her sadness and we gain entrance to what the other side of grief looks like.

Set over the course of several months, and alternating between Juliette’s narration, a plot filled with surprises, and letters written to her deceased loved ones, Fabienne Marsh rips open Juliette’s heart so we readers might feel less alone. There might not be a cure for sorrow, but there is a salve, and it’s JULIETTE, RISING.

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I really looked forward to the chapter endings; the most beautifully crafted sentences, frequently very moving…I was struck with how the mood represented the moment we’re experiencing – all the loss and sadness stemming from the pandemic. The grief and humor made me laugh and cry and gave me hope. I loved how friendship sustained Juliette, during her time of crisis and recovery. Ultimately, it felt good to leave Juliette in a good place, both she and her in-laws were redeemed.Michelle Ripple, Oregon Book Club

I loved Juliette, Rising, and Juliette herself. What a lovely, funny, sad, wise novel, incorporating all the most important themes—love and loss, grief, friends and new life. My heart ached for her characters sometimes, and I laughed out loud quite a number of times. Fabienne Marsh is a wonderful writer.Anne Lamott, Renowned Literary Novelist and Nonfiction Writer

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