By Margo Catts

For fanatics of authors like Barbara Kingsolver and Leif Enger, a gorgeous new voice in modern literary fiction.

“Tragedy and blessing. depart them by myself lengthy sufficient, and it will get genuine tough to inform them apart.”

Elena Alvarez resides a cursed existence. From the lethal fireplace she by chance set as a toddler, to her mother's abandonment, and now to an undesirable being pregnant, she is aware greater than such a lot that small activities could have poor results. pushed to the excessive mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by way of her most modern undesirable selection, she's motive on taking away the longer term. might be there she will simply cover in her grandmother's remoted cabin and watch for something–anything–to make her subsequent selection for her.

Instead, she is faced by way of reflections of her personal problems anyplace she turns–the contemporary widower and his teenagers adrift in a replaced international, Elena's personal mysterious kin historical past, and the interwoven lives in the city itself. little by little, Elena starts to question her knowing of reason and impact, reexamining the tragedies she's hung on to and the injuries she's refused to permit heal.

But whilst the kids cross lacking, Elena's fragile new peace is shattered. it is only on the prospect of clean loss and blame that she is going to realize the reality of the poor burdens we take upon ourselves, the way in which tragedy and redemption are unavoidably intertwined–and how curses can occasionally bring about advantages, notwithstanding disguised.

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