Today would have been my grandfather's 99th birthday. 80 years ago, when he was 19, he wrote the following words in a letter to my grandmother when they were dating. He features prominently in my forthcoming book, All The Beautiful Broken Things.
"Well, guess old age is creeping up on me. Nineteen today and life will begin at forty. Boy, I will have a good time when I begin to live. Someday I’ll be something in this old world. Wait and see."
It's official! I have a new literary agent for my forthcoming book, All the Beautiful Broken Things. After receiving offers of representation from THREE agents, I am now a client of Mark Gottlieb with Trident Media Group. And it's a happy coincidence that he shares a last name with one of my book's primary characters, Sarah Gottlieb. Now, on to a great publishing deal!
It's been a labor of love book (like them all), written over 4 years. Then an agent who ended up shutting her agency down during the pandemic, two rewrites, and only about 50 agent submissions later.... Definitely worked hard for this but things are happening now.
About All The Beautiful Broken Things
A frightened Polish-Jewish teenager volunteers to take her sister’s place in a Nazi labor camp in 1940. A young, small-town American soldier lands on Omaha Beach on D-Day. An impetuous German family man gets swept up in his country’s war. The very different experiences of these three characters are interwoven across five years of WWII, revealing their similar human struggles: fear, bravery, love, loss and hope as they try to survive while the world crumbles around them. Using fictional narrative along with their own words from actual letters and diaries, All the Beautiful Broken Things is a semi-epistolary novel that unfolds three different viewpoints concurrently, in a way that has never been done before.
Sarah was only 16 years old when she was first sent to a Nazi labor camp for Jews in Poland at the start of WWII. What was supposed to be a six-week work detail stretched out into months, and then into years as Hitler waged his war on the world. Through it all, Sarah kept a diary and corresponded with her family, forged new friendships and even romance in the prison camps, and fought to survive.
E.F. was a 20-year-old American from a small town in Texas. While developing a romance with his sweetheart, Shirley, E.F. was inducted into the war and ordered to report to base camp. He and Shirley impulsively married before he was deployed overseas, and he soon found himself in horrific circumstances — landing on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day invasion and storming through France on a path of Allied liberation, before eventually being captured by the Germans. Through it all, Shirley's letters to him and his hopes for a future kept him going.
Paul was a 31-year-old German man with a wife and three young children — an ordinary family living in a village, far outside the politics of their leaders. Finding himself suddenly serving in the German army, he wrote tender love letters to his wife at home and tried to hold onto his humanity.
All the Beautiful Broken Things tells the story of these three families caught up in the war, revealing how ordinary people from different backgrounds survived the horrors while trying to keep their families together and hope alive.