Maine Author Catharine H. Murray returns to the Midcoast to debut her new book, "Now You See the Sky," Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. "Now You See the Sky" is a memoir about love, marriage, motherhood, illness and death.

After college, Murray travels to a small town on the banks of the Mekong River in Thailand to work in a refugee camp and learn about life. There she gradually outgrows the shell of her American world view, as her interior world begins to attune to this new one that moves with a slower rhythm and deeper calm than she ever imagined. Within a year, she falls in love with a local man and, two years later, marries him. Together, they have three sons.

When their middle son is diagnosed with cancer at age 5, the family moves from rural Thailand; to Seattle; and to Bangkok, before they settle on a remote mountaintop to battle the disease as the child slips into a decline.

"Now You See the Sky" allows the reader to witness the fathomless loss of a beloved child and learn how tragedy can transform us, expand our vision and make us more fully alive. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing, thanks to Sherman’s of Camden.

Murray lives with her two sons in Portland, where she teaches English to refugees. She has led workshops on grief writing and has read at Harvard University, Maine Medical Center, Maine State Prison, University of New England and the Hayes Library in Bangkok. Her previous books include "Halloween: Portraits of Fantasy" and "Fear and Mothering Through," a book of poems.

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