How I Came to Sparkle Again

Kaya McLaren

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Set in a Colorado ski town, Kaya McLaren's How I Came To Sparkle Again is a remarkable breakout novel that chronicles three people and their journey from loss to love; heartbreak to hope

Jill Anthony spent her young adulthood in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado.  But more than a decade has passed since she left when, only weeks after a very late miscarriage, she finds her husband in bed with another woman, she flees Austin, Texas for the town she knows:  Sparkle. 

Lisa Carlucci wakes up one morning after another night of meaningless sex, looks in the mirror and realizes that she no longer wants to treat her body like a Holiday Inn. She’s going to hold out for love.  The only problem is, love might come in the form of her ski bum best friend, who lives next door with his ski bum friends in a trailer known as “the Kennel.” 

Cassie Jones, at age ten, has lost her mother to cancer and no longer believes in anything anymore.  She knows her father is desperately worried about her, and she constantly looks for messages from her deceased mother through the heart-shaped rocks they once collected in the streams and hills of Sparkle. 

Three people at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing.  Three lives that will be changed one winter in Sparkle.  One tender, funny, tear-jerking novel you won’t soon forget. 

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chapter one
Current temperature: 29F, high of 33F at 3 P.M., low of 22F at 4 A.M.
Clear skies, winds out of the southwest at 10 mph.
25" mid-mountain, 33" at the summit. 1" new in the last 24 hours. 6" of new in the last 48.
Cassie and her babysitter, Nancy, sat silently at the table eating Lean Cuisine cheese cannelloni frozen dinners. Nancy’s breathing bothered Cassie, even though she knew Nancy couldn’t help having sinus problems. Cassie just didn’t want to listen to it.

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Praise for How I Came to Sparkle Again

"How I Came to Sparkle Again is a gem of a novel.  I loved the fresh setting and quirky, endearing cast of characters.  This novel is like a perfect run down a black diamond slope--fun and fast-moving and invigorating." --Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Night Road
“How I Came to Sparkle is a generous and endearing novel of loss and reconnection, of friendship and love and finding your way home to a small town called Sparkle, where the ski bums have big hearts and name their dogs after beer, and just the right number of people grow up into adults.” --Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author of Joy For Beginners and The School of Essential Ingredients
”In a small Colorado ski town called Sparkle, second chances come with the winter’s fresh snow.  And it’s here that McLaren weaves a wonderfully tender story of three lives in search of love and healing that will leave you crying, laughing, and wanting for more.  A true page-turner, How I Came to Sparkle Again, reads as fast as a run down the slopes!” --Susan Gregg Gilmore, bestselling author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove 
 "This novel is filled with all of my favorite things:  characters who are so real you want to reach out and give them a hug; a magical setting; enough surprises to keep the pages turning; heartbreak, laughter, crying, and sighing.  Not to be missed!" --Susan Wiggs, bestselling author of The Lakeshore Chronicles
“Kaya McLaren’s How I Came to Sparkle Again is sad and funny and so much fun to read!  Jill, Lisa and Cassie are wonderful, but what I loved most was learning about the innermost thoughts of those handsome ski bums who live in The Kennel.  Sparkle is both entertaining and wise!” --Nancy Thayer, bestselling author of Heat Wave
"How I Came To Sparkle Again weaves together the stories of two women and a young girl grappling with love and loss. Set in a ski town and featuring a cast of surprisingly hilarious supporting characters, this warm, satisfying novel is a treat." --Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of Skipping a Beat

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Kaya McLaren

KAYA MCLAREN is also author of On The Divinity of Second Chances and Church of the Dog. She lives and teaches third and fourth graders on the east slope of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State. When Kaya’s not working, she likes to telemark ski, sit in hot springs, moonlight hike, and play in lakes with her dog, Big Cedar.

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How I Came to Sparkle Again
Kaya McLaren

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
October 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250017031
ISBN10: 1250017033
352 pages


St. Martin's Press
October 2012
ISBN: 9781250013873
ISBN10: 1250013879
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages

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St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250000743
ISBN10: 1250000742
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages

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