sometimes you find the best in yourself during the worst life has to offer…
a true story of love and sadness and hope –
you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer
Natalie’s journey from wife to widow to mother is heartbreaking, blackly funny and will move you to laughter and tears as she makes it across that finish line. And you have no doubt she will make it because Natalie is a warrior and a woman to cheer for.
Intelligent, witty and moving, this is the very best kind of indie movie in a book. A book to delight, to treasure and to press into the hands of your best friend saying ‘ you must read this!’
A wonderful review of the book here.
‘Summer is over and it’s time to go back to school. In some ways this is wonderful. I have to get dressed in the morning. Starting each day with a direction and a destination is a good thing. In other ways it’s really, really scary. I have practiced not crying in front of people for two months and somehow I have convinced myself that I will absolutely not present any of my inner feelings of weakness while at school. But teenagers are a lot like dogs in that they can sense things others can’t. They know when a teacher’s not on sturdy ground. Eleventh-grade students are typically very cynical and at this point in their high school careers are ready to question everything, especially the teacher and the text. They’re not dogs, they’re velociraptors.
We start the year with The Great Gatsby. This year I feel like Gatsby and I have a whole lot more in common. We both had a dream. We both pictured our lives working out in certain ways…he with Daisy and me with Josh and the kids. But like Gatsby there comes a moment when it sinks in that all the things we’ve pictured will never happen.’
Click here to listen to Natalie on Australian radio!
Natalie’s blog on UK Publication here
Illustrated serialisation in YOU magazine
Watch Natalie’s Signs of Life trailer below
Witty, heartbreaking and deeply personal – one you’ll want to share with friends
a touching hopeful memoir
– Sainsbury Magazine, Hot Summer Reads
I wept sometimes, but it was the cleansing kind of crying that feels good for you. More often, I laughed out loud and re-read passages for the pure pleasure of it. Sit down with this book – see if you can stop after page one.
Profound yet funny, painful yet hopeful. I couldn’t put it down.
- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
This is a really good book. Smart and honest.
Natalie Taylor and her son, Kai, live in Royal Oak, Michigan. Natalie teaches high school English and recently obtained her master’s degree in education. Kai is working on his numbers, letters and colours. She has a great website (see below) and video, which, playing to our opinion that this is an indie movie in a book, already looks like a trailer.