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"There is a cost to loving anything, or anyone. No one tells you that when you are young."

The Going and Goodbye is an examination of loss and leaving and the search for meaning in the memories that remain. Tracing a path through rural Ohio, the American south and small towns of Mexico, these stories breathe life into a marriage and its dissolution; find a voice that fears mortality then faces it; explores faith in the face of these losses; and ultimately reveals the power of love and letting go.

"In this luminous memoir Shuly Cawood dives into the deepest of waters—health and illness, the bonds of family, intimacy and its unraveling—and emerges with a treasure. The writing is beautiful, both spare and lush, and the wisdom to be discovered there is genuine and hard won. The Going and Goodbye is a revelation." ~ Matthew Goodman, New York Times bestselling author

"These true stories about love and loss will recalibrate your heart. … There’s language that surprises and stuns, that forces you to catch your breath again and again and holds the very rhythm of sensation. … This is a brave writer who moves lyrically and fearlessly toward self-knowledge, a writer who is willing to probe the darkness in the chambers of her own heart, not just the hearts of others. Hope in this book is realistic and hard-won. This is a voice you can trust with your life." ~ Joyce Dyer, author of Gum-Dipped and Goosetown

"This memoir ranges all over the past while creating a steady sense of forward motion through the narrator’s life. I think of these two streams of energy as lyric and narrative, the circling and moving forward. The two have a great dynamic here, which keeps this memoir surprising and fresh." ~ Kathryn Rhett, author of Souvenir and Immortal Village

"In this lovely memoir the narrator, although strongly rooted in a particular place, is always on the move into the unknown. … The lyrical, fluid style immediately invites the reader along for the ride. I read this with great pleasure!" ~ Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country

Pre-order your copy hereReleased August 25, 2017 by Platypus Press.