On Sale: May 9, 2017
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An award-winning writer makes her debut with this
mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit of Everything I
Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.
Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona,
a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human
remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news
of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamoreâ€™s
longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess
Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some
eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked
into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since.
In the days it takes the authorities to make an
identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and
recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit
Jessâ€™s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the
people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected
possibility, and a way forward for their lives.
Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn
Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and
the indelible characters at its heartâ€”most notably Jess
Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the
threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric,
Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a
moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human
natureâ€”desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and
hopeâ€”as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small
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