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At the age of five Jessica Fein’s daughter Dalia was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease that would claim her life at 17. Before that moment came, and inspired by Dalia’s own irrepressible spirit, Fein and her family would discover how to live in the present when the future can’t be fixed. In this heartfelt yet clear-eyed memoir, Fein maps both her journey to becoming an adoptive mom and the roller coaster ride of loving and caring for a terminally ill child, persevering when the simple act of taking a breath can become an act of courage. Through it all, she discovers the need to be both relentless advocate and calm presence, to show vulnerability as well as strength, and to allow joy to be louder than sorrow.

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"This story truly matters and people need to hear it. Breath Taking is a remarkable celebration of resilience, and a true testament to strength, love, and survival. It shows us that there's always a path forward even when it's too dark to see. You'll probably laugh and cry, and you'll for sure be inspired."

Victoria Arlen, TV host and Paralympic gold medalist

Event Schedule

PRE-LAUNCH BOOK SIGNING

Derby Day Mitoaction Fundraiser 

Mark your calendars and plan to join MitoAction for the hottest Derby Day event in Boston!  
Big hats, bow ties, incredible silent and live auction items, signature mint juleps  – we’ll have it all!

MAY
4

Mémoire – Encore Boston Harbor

Saturday, May 4  |  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

BOOK LAUNCH & CONVERSATION

Hummingbird Books with Joanna Rakoff

Event will include a moderated conversation between Jessica Fein and Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year, followed by book signing with Jessica.

MAY
7

Hummingbird Books - Chestnut Hill

Tuesday, May 7  |  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET

MEET THE AUTHOR

Book signing @ Barnes & Noble 

Stop in and get your copy personally signed!

MAY
11

Barnes & Noble - Natick, MA

Saturday, May 11  |  2:00 pm ET

VIRTUAL

Courageous Parents Network Book Talk

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of complex parenting, exploring themes of love, resilience, and the profound impact of a rare degenerative disease on one family’s existence.

MAY
14

Virtual on Zoom

Tuesday, May 14  |  8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 5:00 pm PT)

CONVERSATION 

Book Talk at Congregation Kehillath Israel

Join lifelong friends Rabbi Hamilton and Jessica as they discuss Breath Taking.

MAY
15

Congregation Kehillath Israel - Brookline, MA

Wednesday, May 15  

AUTHOR PANEL

The Joy and Grief of Motherhood

Join Jessica alongside authors Morgan Baker and Nicole Graev Lipson.

JUNE
13

Trident Booksellers & Cafe - Boston, MA

Thursday, June 13 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Book Conversation

Zibby's Bookshop with Linda Sivertsen

Jessica Fein in conversation with Linda Sivertsen, author of Beautiful Writers and Host of "The Beautiful Writers" podcast.

JUNE
20

Zibby Books - Santa Monica, CA

Thursday, June 20  |  8:00 pm PT

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