What Feeds the Heart
by Daryl Glinn-Tanner
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Pub Date 15 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022
While sitting at her mother's deathbed, Jean Marie Stark reflects on her childhood spent inside a hippie commune in the mountains above Los Angeles. Neglected by her mother amidst the revelry of the commune's “Summer of Love” parties, young Jean searches for food as she yearns for denied maternal love. Jean creates solace in Willothin—a concoction of her whimsical imagination—with her new friend by her side; Jean finds beauty amongst the chaos. This coming-of-age account chronicles the struggles and triumphs of a young girl through past and present, reality versus imagination, grief, and acceptance as she digests what it means to feed the heart.
A Note From the Publisher
"A heartbreaking and poignant tale about growing up in a toxic environment, What Feeds the Heart is an enthralling study of the perseverance of the human spirit."
- Readers' Favorite
"This story is as captivating as it is frightening. It’s as amazing as it is horrifying... an outstanding book that offers a stunning core of faith and beauty set against a backdrop of total darkness."
"More than the usual coming-of-age scenario, What Feeds the Heart documents the trials and struggles of surviving an environment where a parent is not just a leader, but a follower struggling with their own questions about life and their role in the world."
-D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Glinn-Tanner excels at telling this story through the eyes of a child. Her descriptions of Jean-Marie’s world truly bring this story to life, creating a sense of whimsy and wonder in a story otherwise filled with heartbreak... What Feeds the Heart is a lesson in grief, acceptance, and confronting our struggles and triumphs head on."
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