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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Psychological
  • Language:English
  • Pages:330
  • eBook ISBN:9798350900163

An Offering

by Maura Lin

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How do we judge the worth of a person? What happens when we falter, when we commit acts that offend our own values? What effects do shame and silence have on our lives and relationships?

An Offering examines these questions as it depicts the struggle of Alice and her daughter, Lucy, to confront troubling aspects of themselves and their pasts. The effects of Lucy's and Alice's personal decisions come to challenge their identities, values, and self-worth. Ultimately, the novel is about embracing our experiences, strengths, and weaknesses. It is also about sharing, forgiveness, and accepting what life offers.

An Offering centers upon Alice, who lives in rural and metropolitan Minnesota during the Great Depression and after World War II, and her daughter, Lucy, growing up in suburban Ohio during the 1960s and 70s, and plagued by anorexia nervosa in her college years. Through the novel, we become acquainted with their separate experiences through the present day. Although Lucy's and Alice's personal struggles are similar, their relationship is blighted with division and conflict. The heart of the story is how Lucy and Alice begin to resolve that conflict within themselves, between one another, and inside the family.


An Offering follows the lives of Alice and Lucy from The Great Depression through the early 2000s. Both are challenged to fit in and find acceptance within the family and community. When she is sexually assaulted, Alice cannot accept herself or the consequences, and remains silent. Lucy, always an outsider, seeks worthiness in her young adulthood by severely limiting food intake. Later on, she struggles to accept an error she made as a nurse, and finds common ground with her mother as she raises her own children.

An Offering may interest those who are beguiled by human behavior, especially within the family, and in the larger world. Why do people take the actions they do? How do environment, family upbringing, our individual psyche, ego, and childhood experiences affect us? What aspects of ourselves can we change for the better (or worse)? Can we learn to accommodate flaws or weaknesses in our character so that we can cope better and persevere? If we understand human motivation and action, can we take steps to reduce individual suffering? Does honesty foster human understanding, or create more division?

About the author
I am a recently retired psychiatric nurse, but at heart, always a writer. I love people, nature, and all living things – plants, animals, and insects alike. Maura Lin is my pen name. An Offering is my latest novel, written several years ago, but just revised for publication. My other novel, ANY JOE, was published in 2022. My own struggles and my work with mentally ill patients and their families, have allowed me to gain perspective on life's many challenges, and to inform my writing. My published work includes an article in The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing (August 2001), and stories in the nursing-related publications, Beveled Edges: A Portrait of Caring, Nurses' Reflections (George Mason University, 2000) and Ordinary Miracles in Nursing (Jones and Bartlett, 2006). I have also written essays on a variety of subjects, ranging from marriage to children, to pet guinea pigs. Please see my website: https://closertoreal.com for more information. Thanks for reading this brief intro. I truly appreciate your interest.

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