A Special Day

A Mother?s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Acceptance After the Death of Her Daughter

Translated by Adriana Hunter
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About The Book

February 29th is a date that comes into existence just once every four years. It is also the birthday of Thaïs—author Anne-Dauphine Julliand’s darling daughter—who died of a genetic disease. Thaïs lived just shy of her fourth birthday. She had a short life but good one.

As this special day is about to reappear on her calendar for the first time since her daughter passed away, Anne-Dauphine struggles with how to mark this momentous occasion. She wants to live fully on this special day: Thais would have been eight years old. Vivid memories of life with her daughter begin to blend with the present—every gesture, every word evokes a buried memory, arouses laughter or tears. Yet as the date of her daughter's birthday approaches, she knows she must not lose sight of the family who needs her now: her sons Gaspard and Arthur, and Azylis, her other daughter who is also sick.

Anne-Dauphine's message remains simple, true, and strong: we all need to be loved and we all need to be happy despite our ordeals. This is both lesson in happiness and a wonderful love story—A Special Day is an honest, inspirational tale that has touched the hundreds of thousands of lives. It will leave the reader breathless with its beauty.

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Product Details
  • Publisher: Arcade (May 2015)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628724493
Raves and Reviews

Reviews for the international bestseller Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand

"Though the author’s account charts suffering of mythic proportions, the lessons gleaned from her daughters prove incredibly wise. Unflinching and inspirational, a parent’s powerful tale of finding love and understanding beyond the senses."
Kirkus Reviews

“Exceptional insights into life.”
ELLE

“A story carried by the incredibly tranquillity of spirit of a mother put to the test.”
Le Point

“An extraordinary autobiographical account.”
Le Figaro

“A wonderful lesson from a little girl.”
La Croix

Reviews for the international bestseller Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand

"Though the author’s account charts suffering of mythic proportions, the lessons gleaned from her daughters prove incredibly wise. Unflinching and inspirational, a parent’s powerful tale of finding love and understanding beyond the senses."
Kirkus Reviews

“Exceptional insights into life.”
ELLE

“A story carried by the incredibly tranquillity of spirit of a mother put to the test.”
Le Point

“An extraordinary autobiographical account.”
Le Figaro

“A wonderful lesson from a little girl.”
La Croix

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