Synopses & Reviews
A grieving mother draws on her storied heritage to find her daughter in the afterlife
When Sukey Forbes lost her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder, her life felt as if it were shattered forever. Descended from two distinguished New England families, Forbes was raised in a rarefiedand#151;if eccentricand#151;life of privilege. Yet, Forbesand#8217;s family history is also rich with spiritual seekers, including her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson. On the familyand#8217;s private island enclave off Cape Cod, apparitions have always been as common as the servants who once walked the back halls. But the and#147;afterlifeand#8221; took on new meaning once Forbes dipped into the world of clairvoyants to reconnect with Charlotte.
With a mission to help others by sharing her own story, Forbes chronicles a world of ghosts that reawakens us to a lost American spiritual tradition. The Angel in My Pocket is a moving and utterly unique tale of one motherand#8217;s undying love for her child.
Praise for The Angel in My Pocket
and#8220;A powerful, uplifting, and fearless look at what happens to a mother when a child dies suddenly, written without self-pity. . . . To walk along with Forbesand#8212;through pain, denial, her past, psychics, support groups, tattoos, and transcendentalismand#8212;is strangely soul-soothing andand#160;ultimately heartening. You can, you see, survive. But getting there may take a while.and#8221;
and#8220;There is a unique and lovely energy underlying this bookand#8212;one that stems from Forbesand#8217;s extended meditation on where Charlotte lands after her death. . . . Forbesand#8217;s achievement in this book is that her engagement with and#8216;the other sideand#8217; is thoughtful and, yes, persuasive. . . . The best memoirs depict the movement toward transformation, and Forbes has certainly changed by the end of her book. . . . She has written a complex story of love and grief in which she comes to live with hope and faith.and#8221;
and#8212;The Boston Globe
and#8220;A Boston Brahmin who had it all chronicles her experiences dealing with the tragic death of her beloved young daughter. . . . It wasnand#8217;t until she took a friendand#8217;s advice to see a medium that she began to accept Charlotteand#8217;s passing as a form of spiritual transition and understand the depth of her connection to the Emersonian part of her heritage.and#8221;
and#8220;What do we do when the unthinkable happens? We have choices, of course. We can break, become tough, allow cynicism to seep into all our broken places. Or, as Sukey Forbes illustrates in this remarkable book, grief can kick the door wide open and let the light in. The Angel in My Pocket is a devastating and beautiful paean to the human spirit.and#8221;
and#8212;Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing
and#8220;How do we bear the unbearable? In this heartbreaking book, a bereaved mother offers an unflinching account of the different ways we grieve and the differentand#8212;and surprisingand#8212;ways we may begin to heal.and#8221;
and#8212;George Howe Colt, author of The Big House
and#8220;I was raised in the Boston area and this book brought back memories of my childhood. I loved the line in The Angel in My Pocket that says and#8216;how important it is to let all the unimportant stuff go.and#8217;and#8221;
and#8212;Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
and#8220;If your life has ever come to a halt, if you have wondered how to want to live again, if you are looking for hope and longing for courage in the face of grief, if you seek staunch honesty and are keen to hear it from someone who knows firsthand that privilege does not protect you from pain, read this book and know that you are not alone.and#8221;
and#8212;Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is
and#8220;The Angel in My Pocket is one motherand#8217;s response to that most visceral question that haunts the bereaved: Where has she gone? With spiritual curiosity and tenacious love, Sukey charts a heartfelt journey that grants grief its peaceful landing on a far shore.and#8221;
and#8212;Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
and#147;A complex story of love and grief in which [Forbes] comes to live with hope and faith.and#8221; and#151;The Boston Globe
Inspirational memoirs and books that offer glimpses into the afterlife hold a deep and enduring appeal for readers of all ages. The Angel in My Pocket is both of these, as well as a rare insiderand#8217;s look at the prominent Forbes clan. After the death of her six-year-old daughter Charlotte, Sukey Forbes struggles to come to terms with grief as she chafes against the emotional reserve and strict self-reliance that are part of her blue-blooded New England heritage. Forbes explores her familyand#8217;s history of spiritual seekersand#151;including her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who similarly lost a young childand#151;and later, through a renowned medium, makes a connection with Charlotte on the other side. Hers is a moving story of coping with loss, finding reassurance, and recapturing the joy of living by accepting the gifts of suffering.
About the Author
SUKEY FORBES is an art and antiques dealer, a public speaker, and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. She and her family divide their time between Massachusetts and Northern California.