Jenny and Amanda Ruth were best friends in a small Alabama town until eighteen-years-old Amanda Ruth was murdered. Now, fourteen years later, Jenny has traveled with her husband to China to scatter Amanda Ruth's ashes and finally fulfill her friend's dream of visiting her Chinese father's homeland. It's also, Jenny hopes, an opportunity to repair her own troubled marriage. But as she journeys through a foreign landscape, the guilty secrets of Jenny's past rise up and her life will be inexorably altered. From the "New York Times" bestselling author of The Year of Fog ("Highly recommended for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard" --"Library Journal," starred review) and No One You Know ("Luminous . . . will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned"--"Family Circle"), Michelle Richmond's stunning novel captivates with its depiction of the powerful intimacies of marriage, friendship, and family that shape our paths and the bonds of home that buoy us--wherever home may be.
About the Author
Michelle Richmond is the author of the forthcoming novel GOLDEN STATE (February 4, 2014), the New York Times bestseller THE YEAR OF FOG, the novels NO ONE YOU KNOW and DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her new story collection, HUM, will also be published in 2014.
Michelle has received the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize (2012), the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers (2009), the Associated Writing Programs Award, and the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize.
“Vivid and enlightening . . . Richmond is a writer to watch.”—Library Journal
“Any time a work of fiction raises our sights to higher truths, as this one does, the writer has done her job.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Intelligent, original, complex.”—San Francisco Chronicle