Stockton Author's New Novel Explores Tragedy, Grief, Family Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. The Fragile World by Stockton-based author Paula Treick DeBoard follows the subsequent happenings after a family shockingly loses their college-aged son in a "freak" car accident. The narrative deals with revenge, dark family tragedies, grief, and obsession. It is to be released on Oct. 28, 2014. DeBoard previously published The Mourning Hours that won the Niles Library's Tournament of Books in 2013.