Last August I interviewed novelist Tara Lynn Marta about her soon-to-be-published book Look Back to Yesterday. Tara shared the synopsis of the book with us on the Grief Dialogues Podcast. Listen in as Tara describes her book:
Rebecca is a thirty-three-year-old woman looking for yesterday. Alone after the death of her father and break up with her live-in boyfriend John, Rebecca clings to memories of her childhood in Brooklyn. Before losing her mother when she was nine, her world seemed safe and secure. Rebecca decides to return to Brooklyn after twenty-four years. She falls asleep on the subway and wakes to find herself in 1980, where she comes into contact with not only her parents and family but her childhood self. In an attempt to alter the past and save her mother from an untimely death, Rebecca learns that the only person she can save is herself.
While this is a book of fiction, Tara is no stranger to real-life grief.
By the year 2009, I had lost all the people that I was close to in my life. Both my parents were gone. My grandmother, a couple of aunts I was close to and I was kind of feeling alone and vulnerable and I’d always wanted to be a writer. I had nothing published at that point. So I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could write a story about loss? And since it’s such a universal topic, I felt that readers could identify with the character of Rebecca. So I wanted to share my own experience of loss and combine it with this fantastical idea of being sent back in time to deal with your grief.
And if you want to know more about Tara’s own journey using the power of writing through grief, read more on our Blog. Readers can follow her on Twitter @TaraLynnMarta or on Facebook: Tara Lynn Marta, Author.
Congratulations Tara on the publication of the book!