On Sale: May 15, 2012
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For sisters Maggie and Jenny growing up in the Pacific
mountains in the early 1970s, life felt nearly perfect.
Seasons in their tiny rustic home were peppered with
wilderness hikes, building shelters from pine boughs and
telling stories by the fire with their doting father and
beautiful, adventurous mother. But at night, Maggie—a born
worrier—would count the freckles on her father’s weathered
arms, listening for the peal of her mother’s laughter in the
kitchen, and never stop praying to keep them all safe from
harm. Then her worst fears come true: Not long after
Maggie’s tenth birthday, their father is killed in a logging
accident, and a few months later, their mother abruptly
drops the girls at a neighbor’s house, promising to return.
She never does.
With deep compassion and sparkling prose, Frances
Greenslade’s mesmerizing debut takes us inside the
devastation and extraordinary strength of these two girls as
they are propelled from the quiet, natural freedom in which
they were raised to a world they can’t begin to fathom. Even
as the sisters struggle to understand how their mother could
abandon them, they keep alive the hope that she is fighting
her way back to the daughters who adore her and who need her
Heartbreaking and lushly imagined, Shelter celebrates the
love between two sisters and the complicated bonds of
family. It is an exquisitely written ode to sisters,
mothers, daughters, and to a woman’s responsibility to
herself and those she loves.
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