Juliette, Rising

Juliette begins by writing a letter to her deceased mother to fulfill her promise to document the everyday. She chronicles her move from New York City to Portland, Oregon, as she takes on a new teaching job, manages life as a single mother and navigates her way through a toxic book group and overly ambitious parents. When she finds a bereavement group that allows her an outlet for her sorrow, her life begins to change. Author Anne Lamott says the novel wisely encompasses “all the most important themes—love and loss, grief, friends and new life.”