Sunday, October 19, 2014

Book Review: "The Fragile World" by Paula Treick DeBoard

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Mourning Hours comes a gripping and potent new novel, THE FRAGILE WORLD that brings an honest and heartfelt account of a family shaken by tragedy.  Paula Treick DeBaord weaves a poignant travel narrative that proves just how fragile our lives are an what it means to be a family after losing a member.


Curtis Kaufman picks up the midnight phone call with his wife, Kathleen, by his side and his daughter, Olivia, listenin gin the shadows. The police are telling him his son (his genius, bright, talented son) Daniel, has died in a "freak accident." Suddenly, the Kaufman's happy, loving family will never be the same.

Daniel's unexpected death affects Curtis, Olivia, and Kathleen in different ways. In the aftermath of that tragic phone call, Curtis grows more and more secluded, pushing his wife away until she cannot bear the isolation any longer and leaves her family to start a new life in her hometown.

I couldn't imagine how it would feel to lose a family member or our own child. Any parent would feel devastated in these kind of situations. This is a novel about the loss of a loved one. We have to live on and try to move on with our lives. The storyline is well put together. I can feel how each of the family member is going through their pain. Only time will heal.


The Kaufmans always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at the local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test.

And then it happens. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a “freak” road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of loss is isolating, and it’s not long before this once-perfect family falls apart. As the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.

WHERE TO BUY: The book is available at local book retailers and online at Amazon.com


Paula Treick DeBoard lives with her husband, Will, and their brood of four-legged creatures in Modesto, California. She received a B.A. in English fro Dordt College, an F.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and a practical education from countless students in her English classes over the years. She is a reader, writer, and educator. Visit her online at www.paulatreickdeboard.com

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm/publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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