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Giant Love Song is just that — an eloquent, beautifully written anthem to the sovereignty of love in our darkest hours. Maureen Muldoon’s words dance across the pages like notes on a scale, guiding the reader through the pain and the beauty of loss in ways that’ll leave you grateful for the time spent turning pages.
Jim Praytor, Hollywood TV producer
Life and death are complex. How does a child process losing her mother? This beautiful child, with a clear path to her imagination, carries us with her to her secret place, where she unwraps love and loss. Maureen Muldoon writes in beautiful dreamlike images. I found myself floating from one chapter to the next in that surreal state that always seems to surround death. Maureen and her Mother, though physically apart, have remained connected, and it seems to me that this book is a result of their love and shared wisdom.
Tim Bagley, actor Will & Grace
GIANT LOVE SONG is exactly that: A love song to a large, wonderfully chaotic and heartfelt family losing their mother to cancer. A bevy of aunts bearing morphine and wine try impossibly to manage the six sisters and two brothers who, each by each invent their own narratives in order to face this loss.The Giant is the Irish Catholic father around whom all of them circle like satellites. He is the center of this galaxy and a force of nature demanding the best from his children sometimes when they are least able to deliver; like now. Together they are pulled toward a turning point that will re-shape how they love, the ways they need each other and at the core, deepen how they are family.
Claudette Sutherland, Author, Actor, writing coach UCLA Ethics Writing Retreat
I met Maureen Muldoon while on my book tour with The
Awakened Woman. She made it known that we would be
friends. Thankfully, I felt the same way, or I may have needed a
restraining order. It’s interesting to cross paths with a soul sister
from across the globe and discover how similar our journeys,
how universal our struggles, and how kindred our spirits. It’s
beautiful to see that when we walk the good walk, life carves
for us a path that is not meant to break us, but to wake us, and it
peoples that path with helpful hands.
We rise and awaken, not just for ourselves but for the
betterment of all. This does not mean the journey will be easy,
but we will be guaranteed that our willingness will leave a
legacy for those who still struggle. This has been my own life’s
work, and this is also the theme woven so beautifully into Giant
Beneath every brokenhearted story is a love song, a lesson,
or a blessing. These experiences are an invitation to find our
most authentic and helpful voices. We are each responsible for
delivering our stories and finding our own voices. Grandma
Gogo used to remind me of the importance of owning a voice
that matches our dreams: “Until the female lion becomes the
historian of her OWN story, the tale of the hunt will always
glorify the hunter.”
In Giant Love Song, Maureen Muldoon has become her
own historian. She has found and honors the voice of resistance,
the voice of fear, the voice of willingness, and finally, the voice
of resurrection. No matter what our stories are, we all must
learn to rise.
Enjoy the journey through this giant love song and allow
it to crack you open. Find that place, that open wound, travel
to your tender spots, and let it inform you. Be willing to wait
and listen. It is in these universal classrooms of love and loss
that we will find our redemption and healing. We become more
awakened; We become more awakened.
The deeper truth of our universal potential lies deep within
the heart of the individual. However, it does not hurt to have
some mighty companions along the journey. If you are looking
to be reminded that we are each an essential and Divine thread
in love’s tapestry, this book is for you.
May it help you hear and honor your own giant love songs.
—Dr. Tererai Trent
Maureen Muldoon is a writer, published playwright and author who spent twenty years working in Hollywood as an actress, writer, and director. She is the author of the children’s book, The Life Of A Sand Castle. Her poetry, personal essay, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Sun, Story Lab, Lit Up, Booby Trap, Story, Actors Access, Voice Box, and Risk. She is a sought-after speaker and teacher and the founder of Voice Box stories, a platform to support storytelling and storytellers. Maureen is also the founder of SpeakEasy Spiritual Community. SpeakEasy is an organization focused on empowering people to live their most authentic and audacious lives through the use of spiritual truths and creativity. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and children.