Debra Sherman is co-founder and Chairperson of the Lewiston Writers’ Group. She’s completed a memoir regarding her mother’s death from cancer in 2005 called Butterflies, and several short stories and poems. She’s currently working on her first novel.
Butterflies – A True Story of Life, Death and Rebirth
Debra’s mother, Bonnie, has cancer…again…and this time it’s too far along for any real hope of survival.
Bonnie’s already struggling with what life has already dealt her: a troublesome, painful first marriage, her first battle with cancer, and most recently, a second divorce resulting in her decision to move near Debra, where the two partner in a struggle to help Bonnie create a fresh start. Bonnie is fearfully aware that she is now 60, and struggles with loneliness, fear, a desperate search for a new love, and sometimes nearly debilitating depression.
And now this.
Throughout the story, Debra reminisces with flashbacks of her past. She describes her parents’ turbulent marriage, recalls memories of her family and childhood. She tells the inspiring story of Bonnie’s lifelong pattern of overcoming any obstacle, and remains in foolish denial, convinced her mother will survive, despite Bonnie’s rapid deterioration. Horrific events occur one after another, but in the midst of it all, the two experience heartwarming moments together as mother and daughter.
Bonnie’s death occurs in complete contradiction to Debra’s being convinced she’d survive, and results in a level of grief that leaves Debra so weakened and exposed that she spills descriptions of her anguish with daringly revealing honesty. She reveals her thought process, her grief, with shockingly candid, raw truth.
Bonnie’s death results in a surprising healing process, similar to the evolvement of butterflies. Bonnie breaks free of the cocoon and blossoms into an inspiring force that reaches across all barriers, even death. And Debra seeks answers, resulting in her metamorphosis from a grief-stricken, failure-of-a-caregiver, into an enlightened version of her former self.
For more of Debra’s work, visit her Amazon Author Page HERE.
In June of 2008, Debra co-founded the Lewiston Writers’ Group as a result of meeting other area writers while seeking help with the memoir she’d just drafted. Since then, Debra has chaired the group’s meetings, organized workshops and trainings for the group, and managed the group’s website, www.LewistonWritersGroup.com.
Debra works as an Affiliate Marketer and Website Designer, creating, managing and operating several websites. Her largest website is dedicated to the care, health, training and love of pets: www.PeopleLovingAnimals.com. Debra donates 10% of all commissions earned from this website to animal charities.
You can hear from Debra and comment about her books by visiting her blog HERE.
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