- 2017 INDIES Finalist
- Finalist, Grief/Grieving (Adult Nonfiction)
Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity, not only as a parent but as a woman and artist, after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. The memoir’s clever structure mirrors the gestation of Alexis Marie’s subsequent pregnancy; the book beginning with conception followed by three sections, the three trimesters. Through powerful flashbacks, readers learn of Alexis Marie’s pregnancy with Zachary and his few moments in the world.