I came to the party late, I admit. For years, my bloggy friends have been singing the praises of Beth Kephart, but only recently have I started reading and falling in love with this amazing YA author.
I read "The Heart is Not a Size", then "Nothing But Ghosts", and "Dangerous Neighbors". Now I'm a convert. At some point, I know I must pillage my library of her entire backlist. She has such a poetic voice, captures the young heart so perfectly, in so few words and pages. Maximum impact, minimum time investment.
When I heard that she had a new book coming out at the end of October, my heart skipped a beat. Honestly, I don't even need to know what it is about, because Beth never disappoints. But here is a synopsis:
Emmy Rane is married at nineteen, a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock.
Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the “No Good.” One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that opens Sophie's eyes, giving her the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever. . .
The riveting stories of Emmy and Sophie—alternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.
So really, who would not want to read this? I'm pre-ordering. Are you?