Harvard Square Editions, October 2014
Single-mom Kik Marcheson is doing the best she can. But effort doesn't seem to count for much in the parenting department. Her oldest daughter, Doone, is swimming in the deep end of adolescence. Casey, the middle-child slash good-girl is fraying along the edges and Tess, an idiosyncratic kindergartner, has installed an imaginary playmate in the family abode.
When Doone falls in with the wrong crowd, Dr. Price, the TV therapist offers to help. Despite serious misgivings the family takes him up on it. And things do start to look up.
But only for awhile.
Excerpt of Close:
Praise for Close a Novel:
"A crossover book like the Fault in Our Stars"
Judith Viorst New York Times bestselling author
"Raskin easily balances humor and drama in this novel about parenting, reality TV, and family."
Five stars, Foreword Reviews
"Author Erika Raskin's ability to deftly blend humor and drama into a relentlessly entertaining novel that holds the reader's rapt attention from beginning to end without letup is truly impressive!"
"…a poignant and edgy story of a divorced-family dynamic through complex characters and the real life struggles of parenting and adolescence."
Five stars, LitPick Student Book Review
"Close details the moving, wryly funny and ultimately fateful actions of a single mother trying to cope with raising three daughters."
"This book is all about relationships between people and knowing when to forgive and when to let go. It focuses on the theme of trust and what happens when that fragile trust is broken. CLOSE by Erika Raskin is a great read for any teenager and the characters are all extremely relatable."
Teen Board Member, Teenreads
"Erika Raskin's right-on-the-money observations and incisive prose pull you directly into the heart of this messy, endearing family. It's an accelerating story of entwined loved and dread, and it left me breathless."
Janis Jaquith, Commentator, Virginia Public Radio
"When Erika Raskin writes that the father 'downshifted into the somnolent whisper of the Permanently Disappointed' she forcefully sets the tone of her well-paced novel. Close paints an astute yet funny portrait of three daughters and a mother trying to cope with their fractured family. Her vivid characters remind me of many families I've treated over the years."
Justin A. Frank, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Bush on the Couch and Obama on the Couch
“Crisply written … this wise debut novel Close, slices into 21st century motherhood … Erika Raskin captures … the perils of making the private public, and the vulnerability that comes with loving a child. Her ability to portray a mother’s love for three very different children is uncanny.”
Alice Randall, New York Times best-selling author of The Wind Done Gone
“Raskin’s debut novel delivers witty, insightful prose, flesh and blood characters and a compelling plot with a twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A terrific read!”
Deborah M. Prum, author, Fatty in the Back Seat, a Top Twelve Notable YA Indie Book of 2013, Shelf Unbound
“Raskin’s debut novel will keep you turning the pages in this turbulent family drama …”
Jenny Gardiner, author of Kindle #1 Bestseller, Slim to None