I sent my book to the Writers Digest contest for self published books this year and did not win, but did get a wonderful and thoughtful review from the judge.
Judge, 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
I am so proud that I would like to share it with you. Below is a copy of the judges remarks.
My heart went out to the author from the first page and I broke down in tears on page 5 at the emotion involved in visiting a son who has been sent to prison. Sharron Grodzinsky has an immediate impact because of her voice and writing style, which feel genuine, self-deprecating and sincere. She has had to live through an experience that any honest parent knows could be around a corner, despite all efforts to the contrary. Her story demonstrates that despite the best of intentions, things can go wrong.
I was sorry to read about choices Michael’s adopted father made. The pages turned and all the while, my heart was going out to this very good woman, the author, who did something noble by adopting and who should have reaped joy for it. Instead, her path has been shockingly hard, yet her love for Michael is as rich and strong as any mother’s could be. Discovering she had a heroin addict granddaughter must have been excruciating, especially when she realized that Michael was an absentee father for both of his children.
Waiting on the Outside is an eye opening read, one that should help people stop blaming parents. No one could have tried harder than Grodzinsky and as a reader, I can think of various friends who have gone through similar experiences. I think she has done something wise and brave in writing this book. I hope it finds the audience it deserves, for such a book can only increase understanding and compassion for all involved. I think Grodzinsky makes some very good reflections in chapter 30. I loved the list of support systems at the end of the book!
Sharron you are a very strong person. I am so glad I was blessed to have to get to meet you this summer. People can easily judge others for things that happen with others. Telling them how it should be but until you walk in the same shoes they do have a clue. You have gone through a lot more than myself. I have to say I look up to you. You are a remarkable woman. Thank you Debbie
You are more than kind!
You know I wish you luck with your own problems and I hope to keep in contact with you to know how things are going with you. Keep the faith. It will get better!!