Unveiling ‘Shadows of Grief’: A Marysville Event to Confront the Fentanyl Crisis

In Marysville, California, an urgent event awaits on May 3rd, from 6 to 8 PM, at the esteemed Brick Coffee House located at 316 D St. More than just a book release, this gathering serves as a reminder of the ongoing battle against the fentanyl epidemic gripping Yuba and Sutter counties. Sponsored by Supervisor Andy Vasquez, this event provides a unique opportunity for our community to come together, strategize, and mobilize against the devastating impact of fentanyl. As attendees gather to commemorate the release of “Shadows of Grief,” they will engage in meaningful dialogue, share experiences, and contribute to ongoing efforts to combat the fentanyl epidemic.

Tracy Norris, author of “Shadows of Grief,” has turned personal tragedy into a beacon of strength and resilience. Her book is a powerful testament to the toll of fentanyl poisoning, blending personal narrative with community advocacy. As a mother who tragically lost her son to this insidious drug, Norris’s words resonate deeply.

Supervisor Andy Vasquez’s sponsorship underscores the urgency of our collective response to the fentanyl crisis. With each passing day, lives are lost, families shattered, and communities torn apart. But amidst this darkness, there is hope. By uniting as a community, we can strategize and implement measures to mitigate the impact of fentanyl and prevent further tragedies.

For those interested in securing their copy of “Shadows of Grief,” books will be available for purchase at the event and online through Amazon.

Join us on May 3rd as we stand together in solidarity, resilience, and hope. Together, we can illuminate the shadows of grief cast by the fentanyl epidemic and pave the way for a brighter, safer future for all.


Recent Q&A With Author Tracy Norris

1. What inspired you to write “Shadows of Grief”?

Norris: I wrote Shadows of Grief as a tribute to my son, Marcus who lost his life to fentanyl poisoning. I had wrestled with his addiction for more than a decade by the time that he passed away and after his passing, I realized that there were many pieces of our journey that could have a positive impact on other people – if I were brave enough to tell our story publicly.

2. Can you share a little about your personal journey that led to the writing of this book?

Norris: I knew I had a story to share, but I found it challenging to complete my writing project. Recognizing the need for a change in my approach, I decided to enlist the support of a writing coach. Together, we worked on setting deadlines, refining content, and navigating through the writing process. We met twice a month, during which she reviewed my work, posed insightful questions, and provided valuable guidance to help me stay focused on conveying my message effectively.

3. What impact do you hope “Shadows of Grief” will have on readers?

Norris: Ultimately, my hope is for this book to offer support to those who are fighting for the sobriety of their children and for those who are grieving a child who has overdosed or has been poisoned by fentanyl. I pray that this book brings strength to the weary, courage to the fearful, and connection to the lonely.

4. In your opinion, what is the heart of “Shadows of Grief”?

Norris: Shadows of Grief leans heavily on the human experience of loving a person caught in addiction. It tells the story of life, love, loss, and grief and allows readers to gain insight to many of societies questions around addiction and the function of families.

5. How does faith and spirituality play a role in your story and the message of the book?

Norris: As a mother and an author, I lean heavily on my own faith experience. The book Shadows of Grief encourages readers to explore their hearts and extend prayers as they gain strength, wisdom, the ability to live fulfilled lives even after profound loss.

6. What do you believe sets “Shadows of Grief” apart from other books on similar topics?

Norris: There are many fabulous books where authors have candidly stepped out of the dark to share their stories, and they are all very important. This story largely took place here in Yuba County though, it is very important to engage communities with stories and faces that they have known and loved. There is an extra edge of reality that happens when we know the families, the individual people involved in a story, and when we take a step back knowing that this is real, fentanyl is dangerous, and it is something that we should all be talking about.

7. Can you talk about the significance of the title “Shadows of Grief” and what it represents in your story?

Norris: Shadows of Grief is a title that came from a Facebook group that my daughter created for me just after my sons passing. It started with just a few moms who had lost children, and it grew into a small, but supportive and engaged community of families who had lost loved ones to fentanyl poisoning.

8. How do you approach the delicate balance between vulnerability and strength in sharing your personal experiences?

Norris: Vulnerability and strength are very connected in terms of sharing such a delicate subject. Initially, sharing was very emotional for me. It was candidly writing my thoughts out in small conversations that built my strength and eventually allowed me to engage with larger groups.

9. What advice would you give to other parents or individuals who may be facing similar struggles with addiction in their families?

Norris: When you love someone suffering from substance use disorder, it often feels like the issues are too big, and like there is no hope. I would encourage families to embrace hope with every breath they have. To lean into community supports, seek out mentors, friends, and professionals to help carry some of the burden when it is too heavy, but most of all to make memories, laugh, and love fiercely.

10. Lastly, what do you hope readers will take away from “Shadows of Grief” after finishing the book?

Norris: It is my hope that in hearing Marcus’s story, he will in some way still be impacting the world. I hope that there were times that readers can relate, smile, and even laugh because even in the chaos of his addiction and many challenges, he did bring a whole lot of love and laughter into the world.