#BookBirthdayBlitz #Review for Tilting: A Memoir by Nicole Harkin @harkinna @rararesources #Tilting


We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home.

Overhearing the nurse tell Linda–since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name–about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event–unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted.

Dad recovered, but the marriage ailed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.

In this candid and compassionate memoir which recently won a Gold Award in The Wishing Shelf Book Award, Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.



This is a beautifully written story that you can tell has been written with passion.

The writing style is perfect and the flow of the story is superb.  It is an genuinely  additive read that I couldn’t put down.  I was drawn in to the story from the first few pages and went through the full range of emotions as the book progressed.

It is clear and concise and we get to read how the story really affected the family – it is a really personal story and an excellent book.  4.5 stars from me, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon.


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Tilting - Harkin Author Photo FINAL.jpgNicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at http://www.nicoleharkin.com.

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