We’re proud to announce that One More Day by Diane Chiddister has won the prestigious North Street Book prize! One More Day was selected from a competitive pool of almost 2,000 submissions. Among other prizes, Diane was awarded $8,000 as the grand-prize winner.
From contest judge Jendi Reiter:
Diane Chiddister’s exquisite literary novel One More Day delves into the inner lives of four denizens of an old-age home. Full of tenderness that stays on the right side of sentimentality, One More Day braids its characters’ paths into a journey that leaves all their lives richer. The action is intimate and small-scale, but as Robert Frost said, “the game is played for mortal stakes.” Nothing less is at issue here than how we might die well.
From its delicacy and sophistication of feeling, to its elegant cover design and clean text formatting, Chiddister’s novel stands up well against any output of the prestigious literary presses.
ONE MORE DAY SHINES A LIGHT on the surprising depth and complexity of Grace Woods Care Center, where the facility itself is small, yet the emotional world is expansive. While grieving and loss play a part in this world, so do love, joy, and compassion. The novel is told in four voices: Thomas, a retired anthropologist who approaches aging with curiosity; Lillian, a woman with dementia trying to ﬁnd her way home; Sally, a compassionate caregiver blindsided by love; and Beth, the center director, who strives to maintain quality care through difﬁcult changes.
Congratulations to Diane on this very well-deserved honor!