A Hand to Hold in Deep Water

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Shawn Nocher is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Hand to Hold in Deep Water. Her short stories and nonfiction articles have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Pithead Chapel, MoonPark Review, Writer's Digest, and Electric Literature, among others.

She teaches in the master of arts writing program at Johns Hopkins University, has given wings to two children, and lives with her husband and an assortment of sassy rescue animals in Baltimore, Maryland, where she writes in a room of her own.


"Shawn Nocher's A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is beyond thrilling. Tender, fierce, achingly beautiful, this far-reaching novel of family and a woman's fight to keep her life and those she loves afloat sounds the depths of honesty, secrecy, and our desire for connection with a sharp, unyielding insight. Add in the clarity of the writing, its supple lyricism and wry humor, and spread the news: Shawn Nocher is a writer to watch."

-- "Elise Levine, author of This Wicked Tongue"

"A gorgeous...debut novel by Shawn Nocher...Tender and piercing, A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is about secrets, shame, love, and what makes a family."

-- "Kim Magowan, author of The Light Source "

"Shawn Nocher's vivid, quietly beautiful prose lures you into the world of this accomplished debut novel. Her rich landscapes and complicated characters are evoked with a rare combination of tenderness and urgency. A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is an immersive novel that's so deeply felt, you don't just read it, you inhabit it and then emerge from it as if from a dream."

-- "Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life"

"A rich and resonant family story, a meditative, lyrical, and deeply emotional exploration of heritage, loss, and the profundity of parental love."

-- "Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author"

"There's a wonderful sense of place in A Hand to Hold in Deep Water...[An] impressive debut...The literary world could use more tales of places other than New York City."

-- "New York Journal of Books"