Sometimes you find the best in your self during the worst life has to offer. A true story of love and sadness and hope -- you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer.
Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor has led a charmed life. Surrounded by her large, close-knit family, she enjoys her meaningful job as a high school English teacher, cherishes being married to her college sweetheart and is ecstatic about their baby on the way. Then her husband dies in a freak skateboarding accident and in an instant life as she knew it was over. With the help of her dark wit, her rich fantasy life and her love of literature, Natalie finds the strength to come back from the depths of despair - she is a warrior and you cheer for her.NOT a grief memoir, this is a celebration of life, despite its reversals.
Natalie's hard-won lessons, delivered with poignancy and wit, remind us that whatever the circumstances we face in life, there is a warrior in all of us with the strength to persevere. A raw, unputdownable and utterly absorbing story, SIGNS OF LIFE is a powerful coming of age tale about grieving and growing up that will have you laughing and crying to the very last page.
'Profound yet funny, painful yet hopeful. I couldn't put it down.' - Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
'This is a really good book. Smart and honest.' - Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place and Lift
'Sit down with this book. See if you can stop after page one.' - Elizabeth Berg, author of Talk Before Sleep
'Some writers have a compelling story; others have an original voice. But it is the rare writer who has both. Natalie Taylor is one of those writers.' - Laura Zigman, author of Her and Dating Big Bird
'With wit, gutting honesty, and a modicum of self-pity, Natalie Taylor gives us permission to cry the necessary gamut of tears that healing requires... and that includes tears of joy.' - Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is
'Young women and solo mothers everywhere will find a new best friend in Natalie Taylor, who meets the challenges of her life with grace and humor.' - Julie Metz, author of Perfection
'This candid memoir of a journey into and out of darkness has a full quota of humor and ends on a note of hope.' - Kirkus
'An absorbing memoir about sorrow and growing up handled with such dignity and grace that you will forgive Ms. Taylor for making you cry.' - New York Review of Books