Life Detonated - AVAILABLE NOW!

We are thrilled to announce that Life Detonated: The True Story of a Widow and a Hijacker, the memoir from debut author Kathleen Murray Moran, is now available. This gripping true story is a dramatic statement on resilience in the face of devastating loss, the long road to healing, and, ultimately, the empowerment found by coming away from tragedy stronger than before. Kirkus Reviews calls it "A raw, somber emotional journey that concludes with hope and a measure of forgiveness.."

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On September 11, 1976, Kathleen Murray was a young mother whose life was drastically changed when her husband, Brian Murray, a NYPD bomb disposal expert, was killed by the accidental detonation of a terrorist’s bomb.   Life Detonated is a powerful memoir that tells the story of a young woman’s journey out of poverty and into the arms of a vibrant young man whose life and death would forever impact her life. It also details Kathleen's dysfunctional relationship through letters with one of the terrorists, and their disastrous meeting in person.   This gripping true story is a dramatic statement on resilience in the face of devastating loss, the long road to healing, and, ultimately, the empowerment found by coming away from tragedy stronger than before.

Praise for Life Detonated!

"In this inspiring memoir, Moran recounts her story of overcoming grief after the death of her husband ... Moran, who founded the nonprofit organization Survivors of the Shield, shares a remarkable journey in this well-written debut."

Publisher's Weekly

"An impressively candid, extraordinarily detailed, ultimately inspiring read from cover to cover, "Life Detonated" is a consistently compelling and exceptionally personal story..."

Midwest Book Review

"...the inspirational story of triumph about a young woman raised on the mean streets of the Bronx who was saved by the love of a heroic NYPD bomb-squad police officer whose line of duty death caused her life to implode. It is a true story that reads like the very best fiction.."

- Patrick J. Lynch, President, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York

"Kathleen’s story is a guiding light in a world where we can easily become mired in the sadness of what we have lost. The fact that she can tell it with so much honesty and clarity is a testimony to the strength of who she is as a writer and also as a leader for others who long to move past trauma and confusion, and into a greater more abiding light."

Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

"Life Detonated is a real New York love story about a NYPD hero from Brooklyn who meets a girl from the Bronx,  sweeps her of her feet, and starts a family. Tragically he is killed in the line of duty by a terrorist bombing. But, instead of ending there, we see his widow courageously become the ultimate survivor and learn how to take care of herself, her family, and other widows."

-Larry Celona, Journalist, New York Post

"The writing of this sorrowful but hopeful book is intensely aware. Strength of author's character evident in every word, even within the crippling grief. "

- Rebecca