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It’s 1927. Times are tough in rural Kentucky. With their mother dead and their stepfather looming as an ever-present threat, sisters Bertie and Mabel Fischer have no one to lean on but each other. Then a choice made in desperation sets off a chain of misunderstandings that will divide the sisters and resonate through three generations of women.
As the years pass and great events stalk the century, Bertie and Mabel forge identities shaped by what lies unspoken between them. And as the sisters go on to have daughters and granddaughters of their own, they discover that both love and betrayal are even more complicated than they seem.
Gorgeously written, filled with extraordinary insight and emotional truth, Nancy Jensen’s searing debut novel illuminates the power of family—and of family secrets.
‘It is a beautiful story of love and betrayal, and the secrets that can shape families for generations…Jensen’s debut novel deserves to set her on the road to big time.’
‘First-time novelist Jensen … tracing the lives of two sisters separated in their youth by a tragic misunderstanding … [has] an observant eye, adept characterisation, and a keen grasp of social issues.’