By Margo Catts

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

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

Elena Alvarez resides a cursed existence. From the lethal fireplace she by accident set as a baby, to her mother's abandonment, and now to an undesirable being pregnant, she is familiar with larger than so much that small activities may have bad effects. pushed to the excessive mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by means of her most recent undesirable selection, she's purpose on doing away with the longer term. might be there she will be able to 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 means of reflections of her personal issues anyplace she turns–the contemporary widower and his young children adrift in a replaced global, Elena's personal mysterious family members historical past, and the interwoven lives in the city itself. little by little, Elena starts to question her figuring out of reason and impression, reexamining the tragedies she's hung on to and the injuries she's refused to permit heal.

But whilst the kids pass lacking, Elena's fragile new peace is shattered. it is just on the prospect of clean loss and blame that she's going to observe 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 result in advantages, in spite of the fact that disguised.

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