Marian Wood Books/Putnam
On Sale: August 16, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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A deeply affecting novel about the truths we avoid and
the bad choices that come back to haunt us.
Gridlocked in the churchyard of a small Irish town, the
traffic frozen in place for a funeral, Frances Moon pauses
long enough to make a confession to Ian, her partner of
nearly twenty years. The next morning, she finds he has left
her. Unsure what else to do, Frances sets out for Elliot,
the small town in western Canada where she grew up.
As the perspective shifts backward, cruel students and
unsympathetic teachers await a young Frances beyond the
borders of her family’s quiet farm. Curious, imaginative,
and lost, she finds comfort in two outsiders, the troubled
local boy, Dooley Sullivan, and a decorated Native American
World War Two veteran named Silas Chance. But ever present,
splitting the narrative apart, is a small town that will
close ranks, turning a blind eye when one of them is killed.
The crime, itself, and the denial that follows, takes both
Silas and Dooley from Frances in different ways. By high
school, she’s become the girl most likely to disappoint, and
at eighteen is already headed toward a disastrous marriage.
Even after she shakes off the dust of the town and flees her
husband, even as she builds a new life, she buries her past
so deeply that she believes she has lost it. Until one day
in an Irish churchyard, it all comes sweeping back. And so
begins an unforgettable novel of lost souls and second acts.
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