In this gripping ecopsychological novel, an atavistic connection to nature draws a husband and wife into a surreal world which leads them to question if the life they’ve known and what they’ve believed as real is destroying the human spirit. Following a long-forgotten, nameless yearning, they are compelled to discover if they can reclaim their connection to an ageless natural wisdom that could heal their lives.
After years of pulse-pounding stress and ambition, Rose and Mark Whitman’s universe is rich, glamorous, high speed – and empty – a run-away train about to crash. They’ve lost meaning, magic, and soon each other … until an unexpected turn on the tracks takes them to a remote mountain village and a community struggling to preserve an idyllic, but endangered way of life.
Mark and Rose are drawn into a circle of friends who are confronted with painful decisions about what they’re willing to do to save their community. When the village breaks into factions, violence erupts fed by fear, greed and prejudice. The group learns the true meaning of community – what destroys it and what preserves it and its role in the quality of their lives and the future of their children.
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What Readers Say:
“This is one of those books you don’t want to put down. If I could have I would have read the entire novel in one sitting. It kept me guessing. Sarah Edwards is a great storyteller. Throughout the day when doing other things, I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering what would happen next. I loved it from beginning to end, especially how nature is incorporated into the story in so many special ways. When this novel ends, it’s like losing touch with good “friends” you’ve made while reading. I would love to read more about these fascinating characters. That is the mark of a great novel. I hope there will be a sequel.”
– Gail Sullivan