Congratulations to Patricia Averbach, whose new novel, Resurrecting Rain, is getting some well-deserved attention in Sarasota, Florida, and which has already made it to "Finalist" in the Chanticleer Book Award and in the Somerset Award for Contemporary Fiction.

Here's the link to the book description: .  It's gut-wrenchingly realistic yet beautifully hopeful --just what we need in this most unusual year.


And here are some early reviews:


Faulkner famously wrote, 'The past isn't dead-- it isn't even the past.' In Patricia Averbach's gripping novel, the past haunts everything we think we know. She knows and loves her characters, plus she writes beautifully. This is a book to watch."

          -Liz Rosenberg, poet, novelist and book reviewer for The Boston Globe


Patricia Averbach packs suspense into her new novel Resurrecting Rain. The chapters chase and topple over each other with such mastery I couldn’t put the book down. Deena, flawed and failing herself and her family, finds her way home, as the world turns around her in big and small twists. From Cleveland to Sarasota to Santa Fe that world is magically rendered. Watch as the crows take flight.”

           –Sherrie Flick, author of Thank Your Lucky Stars


“…In this colorful novel, where finances, family, and romance are put to the test, Averbach writes with wide-ranging vitality of a woman who follows "a course she never imagined," with the memory of her spirited mother, Rain, hovering over all.”

          -Roy Hoffman, author of Chicken Dreaming Corn and Come Landfall


"Averbach unspools her story with dark humor and a mounting sense of calamity. Her prose is measured yet vigorous, capturing the chagrin Deena feels with each new humiliation…. Averbach approaches Deena's problems with restraint and seriousness and has things to say about materialism and self-exploration... an organic and quite captivating plot. A finely drawn story of a woman losing everything and finding herself."  

         - Kirkus Review


"A deftly crafted and inherently engaging novel by an author with an impressively reader engaging narrative storytelling style, Resurrecting Rain by Patricia Averbach is an extraordinary and unique story. Highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, "Resurrecting Rain" is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Resurrecting Rain" is also available in a digital book format."

          --Midwest Book Review


"Worth Reading...a good story and one that many readers will find themselves lost in. I certainly enjoyed this book. The writing was so good I found myself reading longer each day than I had anticipated as I wanted to see what happened next."
         --Reedsy Discovery