Author(s): Carole Ortlip
Most memoirs speak of family, innocence lost, secrets hidden and later unearthed--or of discoveries that can heal as well as scar. Loving Emma is such a story. It will appeal to all of us who have been a part of a complicated family, who have had to reach into ourselves for the strength and courage to rise to the challenges that face us. Loving Emma is a rich and candid account of one woman's struggle to be a parent. About to turn fifty, she is asked to take in and raise her partner Gemma's six-year-old niece. Unwilling and resentful of the task at the start, the author ultimately triumphs over adversity--and tells her tale with tenderness, humor, and blunt honesty. It is also the story of how women nurture children in a culture that is not always supportive, but in a community that always is. Carol A. Ortlip handles the topics of midlife crises, substance abuse, and problems of child-rearing with great aplomb
Carol A. Ortlip, a special education teacher, has held a variety of jobs, from crab-fisher in Alaska to horse-drawn cab driver in Manhattan. She is the author of We Became Like a Hand: A Story of Five Sisters (2002), a family memoir of sisterhood. She lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.