The Girl Made of Clay
By: Nichole Meier
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: 9/25/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it. After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life. Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?
“An emotionally resonant exploration of second chances and the cost of healing of old wounds, The Girl Made of Clay examines how easily the people we love can become strangers to us, as well as those particular desires—for connection, fulfillment, intimacy—that we shuffle to the background. An engaging and thoroughly satisfying read.” —Emily Carpenter, author of Every Single Secret
“With luminous prose and an artfully crafted storyline, Nicole Meier’s new novel is not to be missed. The Girl Made of Clay is a moving examination of the limits of familial obligations—and the unexpected rewards of opening up your heart to someone who may not deserve it.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties
“With Girl Made of Clay, Nicole Meier has created a moving story of a woman’s journey from anger to forgiveness, as she is forced to confront the mysterious father who abandoned her when she was a child and the husband who is spending far too much time away from home. Filled with characters you won’t be able to forget, this is an inspiring tale of a woman facing the past and learning what it means to love.” —Maddie Dawson, author of Matchmaking for Beginners
“Rich and vibrant, The Girl Made of Clay is a heartfelt story about family, forgiveness, and second chances. Meier’s emotionally charged writing, vivid settings, and crisp dialogue weave a powerful tale that brings her characters to life and draws in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it!” —Kerry Lonsdale, Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
About the Author
Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosey Aussiedoodle.
Her debut novel, THE HOUSE OF BRADBURY, a story of an aspiring writer living in the house of iconic author Ray Bradbury, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by Refinery29.
Her forthcoming women's fiction novel, THE GIRL MADE OF CLAY, releases September 2018 from Lake Union.
Her works have been published in The Oregonian, Cascade Journal, Southern Oregon Magazine, Women Writers Women’s Books, We Heart Writing, and more.
Find her online at NicoleMeierWrites on Facebook, @nmeierwrites on Twitter, and @nicolemeierwrites on Instagram. Read More