Honored by the Illinois Library Association as the 2104 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author award-winner. Featured on WGN Radio - Bertrand on Books Interviewed on The Big Questions Podcast with Robert K. Elder A broken 45 rpm record held together with adhesive tape, a fading stack of Polaroids, a cobalt blue perfume bottle, and a braid of human hair ... these are just some of the things Claire Sokol keeps stashed in an old Marshall Field's gift box. But how did they get there and what do they signify? If these relics could talk, what stories would they tell? The tale of a child torn between the bitter sermons of a troubled, troublesome mother and the honeyed praise of the beautiful, sophisticated woman who just might be her fairy godmother? Of an innocent girl and boy lost in a dark, forbidding forest of adult lies and deceit? Of a young woman fighting to save a beloved father from his worst enemy - himself? Of a young man's death, a tragedy from which to flee or a mystery to finally solve? The Things We Save tells the story of the ways, both subtle and brutal, that a family falls apart and the intimate struggle to put what remains back together. It asks provocative questions about the nature of love, the corrosive effects of envy and guilt, and the limits of forgiveness. The Things We Save is for anyone who has ever slammed out a door with the vow to never return, only to find his or her way back home again.
Joanne Zienty, the winner of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, grew up on the South Side of Chicago and vividly remembers the "glow of industry" that lit the night sky with an orange haze. She attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University, has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University and works as a library media specialist for an elementary school district. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois with her very supportive husband and one naughty cat. Visit her at www.joannezienty.com.