Splinters of Light

SPLINTERS OF LIGHT by Rachael Herron
On sale March 3, 2015


From the acclaimed author of Pack Up the Moon comes a poignant and beautiful novel about love, loss, and the unbreakable bonds of family—particularly those between mothers, daughters, and sisters.

Ten years ago, Nora Glass started writing essays about being a single mother of a six-year-old daughter. Her weekly column made her a household name, and over the years, her fans have watched Ellie grow from a toddler to a teenager.

But now Nora is facing a problem that can’t be overcome. Diagnosed with a devastating disease that will eventually take away who she is, she is scared for herself, but even more frightened about what this will mean for her sixteen-year-old daughter.

Nora has no choice but to let go of her hard-won image as a competent, self-assured woman, and turn to the one person who has always relied on her: her twin sister, Mariana. Nora and Mariana couldn’t be more different from one another, and they’ve always had a complicated relationship. But now the two sisters will have to summon the strength to help them all get through a future none of them could have ever imagined, while uncovering the joy and beauty that was always underneath.

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“While the journey these women must face together is heartbreaking, their story is ultimately uplifting: a poignant, profound ode to the enduring and redemptive power of love.”
– Library Journal


“With this profoundly moving, compelling tale of a woman who is on the verge of losing everything, Rachael Herron will break your heart and then mend it again, leaving you stronger than before. Reading Splinters of Light is a bit like watching a trapeze artist dance nimbly across a high wire: you’re left gasping in wonder at her grace and daring. And, when the artist makes it safely to the other side, you cheer and want to see her do it all over again.”
-Holly Robinson, author of Beach Plum Island


“Beautifully written and heartbreakingly real, Splinters of Light is a compelling examination of how the bonds between women—sisters, mothers, daughters—are tested by tragedy. The Glass family women will have you smiling in recognition and then grieving, laughing and (consider yourself warned) sobbing along with them right up to the heartfelt ending.”
-L. Alison Heller, author of The Never Never Sisters


In Splinters of Light, Rachel Herron gives her audience an awesome book that grabs the reader by the heartstrings and wrings emotions from the soul in the form of tears as she expertly slices up the reality of life as seen through the eyes of a teenager, a mother and a sister.”
-Carolyn Brown, NY Times and USA Today best selling author


Praise for Rachael Herron’s work:

A celebration of the power of love to heal even the most broken of hearts.
-NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs

A superlative architect of story, Herron never steers away from wrenching events, and yet even moments of deepest despair are laced with threads of hope.
– Sophie Littlefield, author of A Bad Day for Sorry

Herron’s beautifully rendered novel boldly shows us people at their lowest and then makes us fall in love with them.”
–Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day

The novel is remarkable in its poignancy and style….Herron writes beautifully about the love between a parent and child…Pack Up the Moon is a wonderful weekend read about love, loss, forgiveness and family that leaves readers feeling grateful for their dear ones–and reaching for the tissues.”
-The Gazette

A touching, emotional story based around really realistic characters who people can completely relate to….It’s beautiful and haunting and it’s perfect.”
-Sunshine and Mountains Book Reviews

An emotional rollercoaster….If you are in need of a heartfelt, highly emotional story, then look no further!
-Dwell in Possibility

It’s almost impossible to put down; Herron weaves such a poignant story, you find yourself caught up in the characters’ lives and are just simply drawn to their hopes, dreams, sorrows, and secrets…I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
-Minding Spot