A Shattered Life

By Karen Shapiro

A moving story of denial and depression taking the reader inside the complexities of a marriage shattered by the devastating loss of their only child. Kim, a psychotherapist and Mark, an emotionally distant lawyer, build layers of protective defenses around them in order to survive.

But when Kim receives a diagnosis of cancer, her unhealed pain rises to the surface.

Kim embarks on an exploration of her Midwestern ancestors to find answers to the “why me” question. Starting with a diphtheria epidemic in the late 1800s to her current practice as a psychotherapist, she seeks understanding of the person she has become.

Following Kim and Mark through doctor’s visits, chemo drips, long nights, and even longer days, the story chronicles the grueling process of chemotherapy, as well as the complicated dance of a marriage in crisis.

As Kim’s treatment progresses, so too does her relationship with Mark, and the layers of emotional pain begin to peel away.




ISBN 978-1-952782-40-4 (Paperback)

Adult Fiction

6 x 9, 280 pages

Publication date: December 28, 2021

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