Laila: Held for A Moment

“An affecting work of grief and longing.”

Kirkus Reviews

“…a tale of shock, suffering and recovery in restrained,  straightforward terms that amount to something ultimately beautiful. 

Held for a Moment may be held for a lifetime.”

—Roger Rosenblatt, author of Making Toast and Kayak Morning

“This book is an unflinching testament to mother love and survival.”

—Monica Wesolowska, author of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life

“An intimate and elegantly written testimony of grief, resilience, and the power of love. “

—Alexia Arthurs, author of How to Love a Jamaican: Stories

“As beautifully written as is necessary to tell.”

Harriet Levin Millan, author How Fast Can You Run: a Novel Based on the Life of Michael Majok Kuch

Laila, Held for a Moment is lyrical and immediate, reading like a memoir dressed in poetry; but it also has the feel of a novel, which the best memoirists accomplish, molding story out of their own hearts and souls.”

-Nomi Eve, author The Family Orchard and Henna House

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“Poignant, raw, and heart wrenching in every way, Held for a Moment offers an unfiltered view of a mother’s grief while pulling readers one step at a time through the healing process.”

-Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

“Any woman whose baby has died will find herself nodding as she reads, feeling Leah’s beautiful words wrap around her like a warm blanket.”

—Christy Wopat, author of Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies

“At once frank, wise, and compulsively readable, this is the specific story of how a nervous young mother renews her grip on life after dreams come to a heart-breaking end, while at the same time evoking a story that all mothers will recognize: that tenuous walk between holding on and letting go.”

—Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling