Engaging, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous, Maryanne Pope’s powerful debut novel – A Widow’s Awakening – centres on a fierce young woman’s struggle to find peace with one of the most difficult losses imaginable.
The novel is a fictional account, based on the author’s own personal story of how she came to terms with the death of her police officer husband, who died while investigating a break-and-enter complaint. This honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable, while transforming loss into positive change.
“It is an imperative read for all police officers and other emergency responders, as it speaks to the important work police officers do and the far-reaching impacts the ultimate sacrifice has,” said Maryanne Pope, who chairs the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF), a charity named for her husband that is dedicated to keeping first responders safe on the job.
“A Widow’s Awakening is a powerful testament to WHY workplace safety matters. John’s death was the result of a preventable fall at an unsafe workplace. As such, this book is a must-read for OH&S professionals and anyone who is committed to ensuring their workplace is safe for everyone, including first responders. It captures the horrific personal impacts of a workplace fatality while offering hope for a safer future for all through the efforts of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.”
BHC Press, an award-winning independent publisher, will release the novel (which was previously self-published) on September 13, 2018. Advance review copies are available upon request. Proceeds from book sales will support the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.
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