Replacement Child Author Appearing in Hollywood -- Available for Interviews

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Like My Sister's Keeper . . . Is it Fair to Have One Child Replace Another? Judy Mandel, Author of Replacement Child to be at Book Soup, Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, on January 23rd at 5 pm.

In the controversial motion picture My Sister's Keeper a new daughter is conceived to help her sister live. But what happens when a child is brought into this world not to save a sibling, but to replace her?

Replacement Child is the real life story of Judy Mandel, who -- like countless others -- realized she was a replacement child--born after an older sibling was lost to illness, accident or crime. As an interview guest, Judy explores the myriad emotions of families who lose a child, and decide to have another.

Replacement Child begins with the explosion of a plane crash and then the impossible choice a mother must make—the death of a child that leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart. In a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a “replacement child,” born to heal wounds and provide a “salve for the burns.” This child was Judy Mandel, and this is the story behind the 1952 plane crash in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

When Judy finally learns the details of this story, years later, she begins to uncover the complex and painful layers of her family and the relationships with her parents, and sister. It isn't until Judy has a child of her own that she truly understands the sacrifice, the pain, and the truth.

A story of love and transformation, Replacement Child reveals the everyday realities behind so many tragic headlines, as you follow one woman’s brave path to recovery—sometimes through laughter, sometimes through tears—as she embraces the love that allows her to finally forgive. Replacement Child is not only a story of heartbreak, and survival, but a lesson to us all about the brevity of life and the power of love.

About the author:
Judy L. Mandel is a veteran journalist and marketing professional. She got her start as a reporter, later working in advertising, public relations and corporate marketing.    

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Title: Replacement Child - A Memoir        
Author: Judy L. Mandel
Genre: Memoir
ISBN: 978-0-9825146-0-3
Publication Date: October 09'    
Pages: 256
Price: $16.95                                
Publisher: Schlesinger Books

Replacement Child is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all retail outlets.


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