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Many a Sudden Change

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

A deadly car accident leaves, Eric, an eight-year-old autistic boy to be raised by his grandmother. Clarice, a widow in her sixties, is devastated by the loss of her daughter and terrified at the prospect of raising her grandson on her own. When she comes across unopened letters from Eric's estranged father, she decides to contact him. Matthew, a Marine serving in war-torn Afghanistan, is excited to at last meet his son—but suffering from PTSD, he appears no more equipped to raise Eric than Clarice. In Many A Sudden Change, a child’s unusual way of being and unique view of life force Clarice and Matthew to confront their losses and past mistakes…and to make a decision that will forever change all of their lives.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10


Plot: Many A Sudden Change is a character-driven novel, rooted in the complex emotions of loss, love, forgiveness, and understanding. The storyline is smooth and emotional, and will resonate with readers long after the final page.

Prose/Style: Zacher’s prose is clear and direct. Each narrator’s voice is distinct and serves the story well.

Originality: Zacher’s novel about a family united in loss is a fresh, compelling read. Zacher skillfully portrays the struggle and joys of raising a child with autism. Ultimately, this book would be better served being classified as General Fiction than as a Mystery/Thriller.

Character Development: The characters of Many A Sudden Change are memorable and demonstrate impressive growth throughout the novel. Readers will connect with Eric, a young boy with autism, struggling after the loss of his mother and the sudden arrival of his long-lost father. Clarice, Eric’s grandmother, shows tremendous transformation throughout the course of the novel.

Date Submitted: July 13, 2020


It has been a decade since I’ve read a novel in 3 days! Tricia’s writing is as spectacular as it is moving....” Like a tornado spinning through homes, picking up family treasures and damaging them irreparably, her mind picked up precious memories and worries and toss them back-and-forth, preventing sleep.“. This is a book not only about love, perseverance, acceptance, and how hard life can be, but also tackles the wonders of death and heaven, and the very real trepidation that many of us have in discussing and understanding these ethereal concepts. Her handling of the delicate issues around mental health, PTSD, grief and autism are truly a gift to the reader. Thank you Tricia for making sure this story was told.