A Heart in a Body in the World
On Sale: September 18, 2018
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Each step on Annabelleâ€™s 2,700 mile cross-country run
brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past in
National Book Award finalist Deb Calettiâ€™s novel about the
heart, all the ways it breaks, and its journey to healing.
Because sometimes against our will, against all odds, we go
When everything has been taken from you, what else is there
to do but run?
So thatâ€™s what Annabelle doesâ€”she runs from Seattle to
Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban
landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. Sheâ€™s
not ready to think about the why yet, just the
howâ€”muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the
earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she canâ€™t outrun
the tragedy from the past year, or the
personâ€”The Takerâ€”that haunts her.
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother
and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team),
Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her
journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run
gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses
state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given
gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape
the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They
say it isnâ€™t her fault, but she canâ€™t feel the truth of that.
Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps
running, to the destination that awaits her. There, sheâ€™ll
finally face what lies behind herâ€”the miles and love and
lossâ€¦and what is to come.
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