Synopses & Reviews
A WASHINGTON POST
BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
From the author of A Million Nightingales (“a writer of exceptional gifts and grace”—Joyce Carol Oates) comes a luminous new novel about the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together.
Fantine Antoine is a travel writer, a profession that keeps her happily away from her Southern California home. When she returns to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her closest childhood friend, Glorette, she finds herself pulled into the tumultuous life of Glorette’s twenty-two-year-old son—and Fantine’s godson—Victor. After getting involved in a shooting, Victor has fled to New Orleans. Together with her father, Fantine follows Victor, determined to help him avoid the criminal future that he suddenly seems destined for. On this journey her father will reveal the wrenching secrets of his past, and Fantine will be compelled to question the most essential choices she’s made in her life.
About the Author
is the author of six novels, including A Million Nightingales
and the National Book Award finalist Highwire Moon
. She has written for The New York Times Magazine,
the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine,
and NPR’s All Things Considered
. Her short stories have won an Edgar Award and an O. Henry Award. She teaches at the University of California, Riverside.