by Kali Wallace
Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of her ancestors: brave, resilient women who have lived for generations a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. Sorrow and her family take pride in their land and its strange history. Their offbeat way of living may be ridiculed by the townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.
Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.
Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?
By the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves comes a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.
North American publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, October 2017
Foreign rights contact: HarperCollins Publishers
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services