In 2007, Sarah was married with children ages two and five. Her spouse, a fourth-generation Oregonian, was an arborist and breadwinner for their young family. One day in late October, an eighty-pound limb fell and struck him on the forehead, causing blunt force trauma to his brain’s frontal lobe. He received intensive care, surgeries, and in-patient and out-patient rehabiltation at University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Shame of Losing is told from the perspective of a young caregiver. It looks at feelings of guilt and shame in losing all you thought you had hoped for in a nuclear family. The tragic theme takes an optimistic tone, with the exception of a lacerating reveal around the social inequities of the Workers’ Compensation system.

Forthcoming from Red Hen Press, October 2018.

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