In The Absence of Grace, Release Date! 4/03/2020

Alexis Candelaria’s third publication and second full length novel, In the Absence of Grace, will be available for purchase on Saturday, April 3rd, 2020.

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Grace Young is coming undone.

Grace is a young trauma doctor whose life is turned upside down when she meets an up and coming journalist, Simon Riveros. Living in a time when women’s rights are being slowly stripped away, Grace finds herself in an unthinkable situation and struggles to connect the series of events that led her here. Grace fails to recognize that she is shouldering the weight of tremendous grief in the form of family strife and ultimately, loss. Grace’s journey takes her to the darkest realms of the human psyche. Soon, it becomes apparent that Grace’s tenuous grip on reality, and ultimately her life, is in jeopardy.

Set in Los Angeles, In the Absence of Grace, explores the simmering impact of oppression on trauma. At every turn, the novel delves into the desperate measures people take when they simultaneously have nothing and everything to lose.


Alexis is an educator in Los Angeles and has dedicated her career to supporting students and families who have experienced trauma. She strives to create school communities that are trauma informed. Alexis writes about mental health issues, grief, and trauma.