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The Fifth Chamber by Anne Gudger

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Annie is pregnant with her first child and married to the love of her life. Then on one fateful night, her husband dies in an accident and Annie is left alone. Now Annie must navigate the trials of single motherhood, mourning, and learning to love again.

Crafted with lightning bolts of joy and sorrow, The Fifth Chamber is a tender and honest memoir about the dance of loss and life, and how grief can make the heart beat stronger than ever before.


Learn more about the author, Anne Gudger.

Critical Acclaim


“A piercing, devastating, and tender text, this book sees what it means to be broken and built back up again, by grief and by love, but yes, most of all, by love.” |
—  Janice Lee, author of Imagine a Death and Separation Anxiety

I gulped this book. I wept this book. This gift of a book. This love story that blows open what a love story’s supposed to be and reveals the vastness of what it is. Read this book, for the hungry, tender heart you have, for the heart you long to remember.”
Jen Violi, author of Putting Makeup on Dead People

“There’s no one, and I mean no one, who writes like Anne Gudger. A balm to the heart and a hug and an ‘It’s so good, I wish I wrote that’ kind of beautiful.”
Jennifer Pastiloff, bestselling author of On Being Human 

“A shivering triumph. A brilliant heartsong.”
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Thrust and Chronology of Water.

“Startling, incisive, musical…Our memories are our own, but in The Fifth Chamber, we find each other. This is a remarkable book.”
Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder