CHARLOTTE, NC (January 6, 2014) – She Reads, a national book club and online community for women readers, announces that its January 2014 selection is Love Water Memory, a novel by critically acclaimed author Jennie Shortridge. Every month, She Reads recommends one book as its official book club selection, hosts online discussions about the book and features special content from the author. Members of the She Reads Blog Network, comprised of more than 70 savvy, talented and intelligent book bloggers, read the monthly selection and review it on their personal websites.
Love Water Memory was published in hardcover in April 2013 by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. The paperback edition of the novel releases on January 14. “Gallery is thrilled that Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory has been selected as the She Reads Pick for January,” said Karen Kosztolnyik, Executive Editor, Gallery Books. “It is exciting to have such passionate book lovers assist in giving this beautiful novel the attention it fully deserves, and we are truly grateful.”
In addition to being a She Reads selection, Love Water Memory is an Indie Next Pick “For Reading Groups” in Winter 2013-2014. “Jennie Shortridge is such a talent, and her novels have a remarkable ability to make us see our relationships in a new light,” said Stephanie Kip Rostan, Shortridge’s literary agent. “But none more than Love Water Memory, a love story that resonates on many levels, and I’m thrilled that She Reads will bring this novel to their amazing community.”
When notified that her book would be the January She Reads Book Club selection, Jennie Shortridge said, "It goes without saying that writing a book is a labor of love. What doesn't get said enough is how much and how often others take on that labor of love to share a book with readers, like the smart, generous women behind She Reads. You feel their love of literature and community in everything they do. I'm so delighted that Love Water Memory is She Reads' January Book Club selection, and I can't wait to interact with this wonderful sisterhood of passionate readers!"
Key Dates for the January 2014 She Reads Book Club Selection
- January 6, 2014: She Reads announces its January selection and She Reads Blog Network members begin posting their reviews
- January 14, 2014: the paperback edition of Love Water Memory is released
- January 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST: She Reads hosts a live Twitter chat with Jennie Shortridge (organized by hashtag - #srbkchat)
About Love Water Memory
Waking up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay with no understanding of how she got there, thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker discovers she has no memories of her past or her loving fiancé, Grady. After being diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia, Lucie returns to her previous life with Grady in Seattle only to find evidence of the “old” Lucie—an insecure and shallow personality she no longer recognizes, or wants to. Like a detective, the new Lucie attempts to find the path from past to present, only to remember shocking pieces of a dark childhood that tempt her to run away from everything all over again. To complicate matters more, she finds herself falling in love with her fiancé and his big close-knit clan of a family just as he seems to be falling out of love with her. But as Lucie begins to open up to the world around her, she realizes that she can build a future as the woman she wants to be, rather than the one her past dictated.
About Jennie Shortridge
Seattle author Jennie Shortridge's latest novel, Love Water Memory, released in hardcover in April 2013. She has published four other acclaimed novels: When She Flew, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, Eating Heaven and Riding with the Queen. Her nonfiction work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, and her one-and-only published short story, "Simpatico," launched her novel writing career in 1997. When not writing, teaching writers workshops or volunteering, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature. Visit her author website at jennieshortridge.com.
About She Reads
Founded in September 2009 by authors Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon, She Reads is a national book club and online community that recommends books for women readers and features some of today’s most popular and talented writers. Based on the principle that “Story is the shortest distance to the human heart,” She Reads selects and shares the fiction titles they love with a growing online audience of more than 10,000 monthly visitors at SheReads.org.
2012, She Reads launched the She Reads Blog network, which has grown to more
than 70 bloggers who write and post online reviews of She Reads Book Club
selections on their personal websites. In 2013, She Reads began hosting Twitter
chats with featured authors and took its book club concept to select independent
bookstores where designated book club leaders facilitate in-person discussions
of the monthly She Reads Book Club selection.