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LAURA'S NEW BOOK:

The Burning Light of Two Stars

A Mother-Daughter Story

Coming October 2021

Available Now for Preorder!

"A love letter to a mother whose deep flaws could not drown out her much deeper love."

—Wentzel Lombard, Reedsy Discovery

"From the first page, I was fully engaged in Laura's world…I didn't want this beautiful, compelling story to end."

—Kay Taylor, author of Soul Path Way

"This masterful heart-filling book is deeply moving and wise."

—Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, therapist and author of Filling Her Shoes and Fire and Water

"I finished The Burning Light of Two Stars in a bed of tears. What an eloquent and compelling story."

—Abby Stamelman Hocky, Executive Director, Interfaith Philadelphia

"I read all night, and I do not give up sleep easily. The Burning Light of Two Stars fed my soul."

—Eileene Tejada, Ph.D. Professor of English and Anthropology at Napa Valley College

"The sincerity through which the story is conveyed took my breath away."

—Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Professor Emerita of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz and co-editor of Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Américas

"When I got to the last page, I wanted to turn back to the beginning, and start all over again."

—Nancy Rosulek Kramer, Galt, California

"Riveting, an effortless read."

—Olivia Bethea, Atlanta, Georgia

"I can't find words for how powerfully The Burning Light of Two Stars affected me. I'm a different person after having read it."

—Toni Taylor, retired nurse

"I just finished this remarkable book today. My experience reading it was profound. I found the story compelling. I could not put The Burning Light of Two Stars down except to stop often and think about my own mother." 

—Rosilyn Nesler, Oceanside, CA

"This book inspired me to pick up the phone and call my mother for the first time in 18 years." 

—Hollye Dexter, author of Fire Season and The Shame Prom

"The vividness of the story shook me to my core…a stunning achievement."

—Etiel Herring, Santa Cruz, CA

"You'll find yourself deeply engrossed, reading hungrily until the very last page."

—Debbie Owen, RN CHPN, Los Angeles, California

"…reads like a mystery novel I couldn't wait to find out what would come next." 

—Theresa Miller, Milwaukee, WI

"The world needs this book."

—Santoshi Wagner-Anue, Santa Cruz, California

"The Burning Light of Two Stars breaks your heart open to reveal the cracks where the light gets in." 

—Jan Landry, retired hospice chaplain

"I laughed and cried, sometimes on the same page."

—Nancy E. Gertz, MS. PCC, Professional Certified Coach, Newton, MA

"… a brilliant memoir. The storytelling is compelling, poignant and heartfelt. At times gut-wrenching, at other times hilarious. A 'must read.'"

—Adrienne Drake, MD, Mission Viejo, California

"Riveting and exquisitely crafted."

—Jennifer Meyer, Eugene, Oregon

"…a heart-aching story of the estranged and enduring love."

—Dale Thielges, Founder of Side by Side: Memory Care Coaching and Consulting

"…It was truly a joy to read this book."

—Melissa Thomson, Unitarian Universalist Minister and Palliative Care Chaplain, Los Altos, California

"I felt like a witness to the unfolding of life and death and all that matters in between."

—Evelyn Hall, Soquel, California

"Compelling. What a moving story about the human condition!"

—Bonnie Pettus, Greenville, South Carolina

"A powerful story, beautifully written, The Burning Light of Two Stars explores the journey of loss and reconciliation in vivid, gripping, moving, loving detail."

—Lucie Eggleston, Columbia, South Carolina

"I highly recommend this beautifully written and inspiring book."

—Margo Fowkes, founder of Salt Water: Life After Loss

"I loved the unflinching honesty of this story."

—Kate Dreyfus, Portland, Oregon

"I loved the intimacy of this story. It brought tears to my eyes many times."

—Susan Levin, writer and artist, Berkeley, CA

"It's almost as if your own family heals as you read about Laura's determined quest to make peace with her mother."

—Betsy B. Murphy, author of Autobiography of an Orgasm

"…a must read for every daughter estranged from her mother, every grown child struggling with a sibling, every clenched tight heart that hungers to open."

—Carol Barry, Auburn, California

"This was one of the bravest books I have ever read.”

—Jill Bacharach, MA, MSW, Activist, Writer

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The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story

This riveting memoir by The Courage to Heal author Laura Davis examines the endurance of mother-daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.

When she published The Courage to Heal in 1988, Laura Davis helped more than a million women work through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. But her decision to go public with her grandfather's incest deepened an already painful estrangement with her mother, Temme.

Over the next twenty years, from a safe distance of 3,000 miles, Laura and Temme reconciled their volatile relationship and believed that their difficult past was behind them. But when Temme moves across the country to entrust her daughter with the rest of her life, she brings a faltering mind, a fierce need for independence, and the seeds of a second war between them. As the stresses of caregiving rekindle Laura's rage over past betrayals, they threaten her intention to finally love her mother "without reservation." Will she learn what it means to be truly openhearted before it's too late?

Preorder The Burning Light of Two Stars and Receive Exclusive Gifts:

The Burning Light of Two Stars will publish on October 26, 2021, but you don’t have to wait to start enjoying it now. Preorder today and we’ll give you . . .

Preorder 1-3 Books and Receive:

  • The first five chapters of The Burning Light of Two Stars
  • Exclusive stories that were cut from The Burning Light of Two Stars
  • A interview with Laura about her work with The Courage to Heal
  • Access to a recorded performance of Temme, Laura’s mom, in The Vagina Monologues, as featured in the book
  • One raffle entry to win one or more of the following prizes:
    • A spot in the online workshop Laura is co-teaching with Ann Randolph, “The Courage to Complete: How to Bring Your Creative Project Over the Finish Line.”
    • A free, 50-page-read of your work-in-progress by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder with a complimentary 1-hr feedback/coaching consultation via Zoom.
    • And much more, see below!

Preorder 4 or More Copies (for your book club, family discussion, gifts) and Receive:

  • All of the gifts you receive when you order 1-3 books, plus . . .
  • Access to four, hour-long, live interviews with Laura held on Zoom, where you can ask her your burning questions (recorded in case you miss one)
    • September: Behind The Courage to Heal: What Is It Like to Be Suddenly Catapulted into Fame for the Worst Thing That Ever Happened to You?
    • October: Five Ways to Use Writing as a Tool for Healing and Transformation
    • November: Navigating Difficult Relationships: Reconciliation, Forgiveness & New Paths Toward Resolution
    • December: From Private Writing to Public Stories: The Journey from Excavation and Discovery to Sharing Your Story with the World
  • A Sneak Peek listen to the first five chapters of the audiobook version of The Burning Light of Two Stars, read by Laura Davis and Becky Parker
  • Five raffle entries to win one of the following prizes:
    • A spot in the online workshop Laura is co-teaching with Ann Randolph, “The Courage to Complete: How to Bring Your Creative Project Over the Finish Line”.
    • A free, 50-page-read of your work-in-progress by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder and a complimentary 1-hr feedback/coaching consultation via Zoom.
    • And much more, see below!

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The Courage to Complete: How to Get Your Creative Project Over the Finish Line

Spend a day online in September with Laura and award-winning writer, playwright, and actor Ann Randolph and learn what it takes to finally complete that creative project you have been agonizing over. The workshop will be recorded if you can’t make the live event.

5 seats to be given away in lottery - value: $169 each
Date: Saturday, September 18th
8:30-6:30 PM in three sessions

Drawing in August.

Laura’s Memoir Master Class through the San Miguel Literary Sala

Join an international community of writers online and learn from Laura on how to create unforgettably vivid moments your readers will never forget. Workshop on October 30.

Value: $175. Drawing in September. One winner.

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One Hour Feedback/Coaching Session with Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

As a story coach and developmental editor, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder has helped dozens of clients move from writer to author by offering feedback on the tone, writing style, and structure of their stories. She will read 50 pages of your work-in-progress and offer a one-hour feedback/coaching consultation to discuss your work via Zoom. Betsy is the author of the award-winning novel, Fire & Water, and Gold IPPY winning memoir, Filling Her Shoes.

Value: $200. Drawing in October.

Four Weeks in Laura’s Wednesday Writing Practice Class in 2022

This ongoing class is dedicated to students who want to use writing as a way to express themselves and strengthen their own unique writing voice. May be redeemed anytime in 2022. Can be given as a gift.

Value: $250. Drawing in October. Six winners.

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Signed Copies of All of Laura’s Books

Add signed copies of all of Laura’s books, including The Burning Light of Two Stars and the bestselling The Courage to Heal, to your own library or give them as gifts.

Value: $150. Drawing in October.

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Signed Copies of Three Books by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

You’ll receive signed copies of Betsy’s Fire & Water, Filling Her Shoes, and From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers.

Value: $65. Drawing in October.

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  • The number of preorders determine the number of copies bookstores order.
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Praise for The Burning Light of Two Stars

LD Katy Butler

“Caregiving an elderly parent, especially against the backdrop of a difficult shared past, can be a bruising spiritual ordeal. We who must travel this territory don’t need any more sentimental narratives about it. What we do need is the healing medicine of truth-telling, and Laura Davis brilliantly and generously gives it to us. I literally could not put this book down.”

—Katy Butler, bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well

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Praise for The Burning Light of Two Stars

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“From the opening moment when Laura Davis is called into life by her mother, to their braided, sometimes twisted, often beautiful, long life together, The Burning Light of Two Stars takes us on a journey of two unforgettable, larger-than-life characters. We are pulled into their story and their struggles and read on to know if they will find it within themselves to make peace together. A tour de force of indelible scenes woven together in an innovative structure, it seemed to me that the pages literally turned themselves. Laura Davis’s first book in nineteen years is a major publishing event, not to be missed.”

—Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion and editor of Sisters Singing and Sacred Stone, Sacred Water

About Laura Davis

Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. Her groundbreaking books have been translated into 11 languages and sold more than 1.8 million copies. In addition to writing books that inspire and change people's lives, the work of Laura's heart is to teach. For more than twenty years, at locations around the world, she's helped her students find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft as writers. Laura loves creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally.

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Preorder The Burning Light of Two Stars

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More Praise for The Burning Light of Two Stars

"Laura Davis has written a brilliant memoir. The Burning Light of Two Stars is destined to become as much a classic as The Courage to Heal, her groundbreaking book on healing from sexual abuse. The Burning Light of Two Stars, written more than thirty years later, explores Laura's attempts to reconcile with her mother, who continued to deny that Laura had been sexually abused. Here, a mature writer looks back on the most primal and pivotal relationship in her life. Laura handles the complex emotions and interactions of mother and daughter with deep insight, clarity and compassion. Her storytelling is compelling, poignant and heartfelt. At times gut-wrenching, at other times hilarious, The Burning Light of Two Stars is a 'must read.'"

—Adrienne Drake MD, Mission Viejo, California

"I was completely captivated by this story. It was one of those books you start reading and feel as if you've stumbled on a treasure. Every night I found it hard to put down. I was hungry to always read more, to turn each page, and consume each paragraph. The story is brilliant. There is intrigue, emotion, life lessons, and a deep connection to real family life and relationships. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read-but especially to those living with family estrangement now or in the past."

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—Yasmin Kerkez, Founder of Moving Beyond Family Struggles

""I've read nonstop since I woke up, almost 100 pages already. It's riveting and exquisitely crafted. If I didn't have things I had to do today, I'd finish it in one sitting."

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—Jennifer Meyer, Eugene, Oregon

"In this riveting memoir, Laura grapples with questions that many of us struggle with: 'How do family members stay in relationship when they can't agree on critical elements of their collective past?' 'How do families overcome past hurts when they need to show up for each other in their hour of need?' And 'Is it possible to risk loving someone you desperately want to be able to love, but who has repeatedly betrayed you?' As a palliative care doctor, The Burning Light of Two Stars put me in touch with what the caregiver experience is really like. I enthusiastically recommend this book."

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—Shoshana Helman, MD, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Redwood City, California

"Laura's story is important because it captures, with authenticity and supreme honesty, the vexed, complicated and tender mother-daughter bonds and because it doesn't hold back the daughter's ambiguity, resentments, wavering, love-hate sentiments. The sincerity through which the story is conveyed took my breath away."

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—Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Professor Emerita of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz and co-editor of Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Américas

"I quickly ran out of superlatives for The Burning Light of Two Stars because so many scenes grabbed me. From the first page, I was fully engaged in Laura's world and didn't want to put the book down. It was as if she was speaking my story, her mother a mirror of my own. I am certain this wise exploration of mother-daughter dynamics over a lifetime will resonate broadly. As I pored over its pages, I didn't want this beautiful, compelling story to end. And for me, it hasn't: Laura's memoir and all of her characters have stayed with me to this day."

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—Kay Taylor, author of Soul Path Way

"In a culture that produces chasms of disconnection in our most tender relationships, and sanitizes the rawness of life, The Burning Light of Two Stars takes the reader on a journey that reconnects and rescues the beauty of life's messiest realities. It is a story of resistance and rebirth, one that provides myriad lessons on what it takes to transcend deep wounds. Laura Davis has written a brilliant, compelling book that I just couldn't put down. I read all night, and I do not give up sleep easily. The Burning Light of Two Stars fed my soul."

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—Eileene Tejada, Ph.D. Professor of English and Anthropology at Napa Valley College

"This was one of the bravest books I have ever read. Laura Davis brings you directly into the heart of her crucible, again and again with power and vulnerability and a tenderness that is utterly disarming. There were times that the mirror being held up was almost too great to bear, but I simply could not stop reading and found that my heart kept opening, breaking and then piecing itself back together. This book is pure revelation."

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—Jill Bacharach, MA, MSW, Activist, Writer

"I found The Burning Light of Two Stars to be riveting, an effortless read. I'm in two book groups, and at any given time I am reading/listening to two or three books concurrently. I've put them all down for this one. It's just that good."

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Olivia Bethea, Atlanta, Georgia

"A love letter to a mother whose deep flaws could not drown out her much deeper love."

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—Wentzel Lombard, Reedsy Discovery

"I just finished this remarkable book today. My experience reading The Burning Light of Two Stars was profound. I found the story compelling. The writing superb. I was drawn into Laura's life story in a deeply personal way. I could not put The Burning Light of Two Stars down except to stop often and think about my own mother. I can honestly say I have not experienced such deep thinking about my relationship with my mother in a long time, if ever."

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Rosilyn Nesler, Oceanside, California

"Laura's book is a stunning achievement. I am certain The Burning Light of Two Stars will be used as a discussion vehicle with seniors, in groups dealing with mother-daughter issues, family estrangement, compassionate choices, Alzheimer's disease, and death with dignity, with a facilitator guiding discussion afterwards. Laura Davis has made a major contribution to the literature of aging, death and dying."

—Etiel Herring, Santa Cruz, California

"This chronicle of estrangement and reconciliation documenting a daughter’s slow loss of her mother to dementia and death, is really a testament to living and forgiveness. Overcoming a past fraught with misunderstandings and hostilities takes hard work—hard emotional and soul work. Davis masterfully documents this journey while giving the reader a visceral sense of the brevity of time we have in which to let compassion take root. This is a stunning book that shows how, once begun, that rootedness can be nurtured, deepened, and sustained."

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—Sue William Silverman, author, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences

"When Laura Davis and Ellen Bass published The Courage to Heal, it emboldened a generation of survivors of incest and sexual abuse, likely contributing to the courageous voices for many who are part of today's MeToo and TimesUp movements. In The Burning Light of Two Stars, Davis allows us to know the person behind those pages, and the story behind that story. Nuanced, raw, and candid, this memoir does not designate white hat/black hat characters. Instead, it provides a topographical map through the complex landscape of the mother/daughter relationship at the heart of the story, with characters both noble and deeply flawed on both sides of the equation. This masterful heart-filling book is deeply moving and wise."

—Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, therapist and author of Filling Her Shoes and Fire and Water

"For a community trying to grasp the real and heart-wrenching truth of sexual violence, The Burning Light of Two Stars lays bare the life-altering and far-reaching impact of incest, sexual abuse and assault. It strips down to the bone the deep and aching damage trauma does not only to the individual but the family as a whole. For survivors, Laura Davis demonstrates that with unending hard work and commitment one can redefine and reconcile a relationship."

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—Crystal Emerick, Founder of Brave Space

"I've never experienced a book like this before. I was fully engrossed in every scene as if I was living it. I just couldn't put it down. I can't find words for how powerfully The Burning Light of Two Stars affected me. I'm a different person after having read it. My heart is full. Laura Davis addresses the complexity of family relationships like nothing I've ever read before."

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—Toni Taylor, retired nurse

"I finished The Burning Light of Two Stars in a bed of tears. What an eloquent and compelling story."

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—Abby Stamelman Hocky, Executive Director, Interfaith Philadelphia

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