A DROP IN THE OCEAN: A NOVEL
GOLD Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS), for Best Fiction, Australia and NZ, 2016
SILVER Medal, Readers' Favorite International Book Awards for Women's Fiction, 2016
—and selected for consideration by Wind Dancer Films.
FINALIST, Sarton Women's Book Awards in Contemporary Fiction, 2016.
On her 49th birthday Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future a void, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. But Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love—for the eccentric islanders who become her family, for Tom, the laid-back turtle researcher, and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. The waves that ripple from her feeling of belonging carry her back to her lonely past and to her mother’s remote home on far away Shetland. But on her return to her own idyllic drop in the ocean Anna finds that even here there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love.
“In A Drop In The Ocean, protagonist Anna Fergusson learns that love is about letting go. Jenni Ogden takes us on a sweeping journey, rich with unique characters and places, moving backward and forward in time, to reach this poignant and heartfelt lesson.” Ann Hood, New York Times Bestselling author of The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and The Obituary Writer.
This is a quietly majestic book, taking on quests for identity, for connection, for love, for self - always with dignity and with an impressive breadth of understanding. Like the turtles whose lives and habits are tracked in these pages, the characters at the heart of A Drop In The Ocean move gently but with enormous consequence. Here is a book to lose oneself in - and then share, enthusiastically, right away."
—Robin Black, bestselling author of Life Drawing and Crash Course: 52 Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide.
“Reading A Drop in the Ocean was everything a reading experience should be, endearing and enduring, time spent with characters who seem to be people I already knew.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times #1 best-selling author of The Deep End Of The Ocean, Oprah’s first book club choice, and acclaimed as one of the 10 most influential books of the past quarter century by USA Today
magazine, credited with inspiring a generation of women to turn off the TV and read.
"A novel about turtles, the fragility of life, and the complexity of love, A Drop in the Ocean will transport you to remote islands with its lyrical natural imagery. This is a story to savor, discuss, and share.”
—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son
"I fell in love with the island and with Tom myself, but those turtles. Oh, those turtles, I wanted to quit my day job and head to Australia to do everything I could to protect those magnificent, wise creatures.”
—For the Love of Books
"A Drop in the Ocean is about connection – between humans and between humans and the natural world. Jenni Ogden’s descriptions of life on a small island on the Great Barrier Reef, with its nesting turtles and exotic birds, sparkle like a brilliant sun on azure water. A Drop in the Ocean is a deeply affecting story of a woman’s journey to open up to love, life, and, most importantly, herself.
—Céline Keating, author of Layla and Play for Me
"Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop In The Ocean is a story about belonging—and the ripples that can flow from the family we choose to the family that chooses us." Anita Heiss, finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards, and bestselling author of Manhattan Dreaming
“Jenni Ogden is a natural storyteller who writes characters to care about.” —Nicky Pellegrino, author of One Summer In Venice.
A Drop in the Ocean is a brilliantly written novel that readers won't easily forget. Life, love, and loss are strong themes that will lure readers back to this beautifully woven journey of second chances. Readers will laugh and cry and want to hug Anna Fergusson as the scenes unfold. But that's not all. Readers will be taken into the vivid imagery of the island and the turtles. A powerful read that I highly recommend. —5 Star Readers' Favorite Review by Danielle Urban
Publisher: She Writes Press, Berkeley, California, US.
Publication date: May 4th, 2016
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