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Erica Witsell's Give

Erica Witsell's debut novel is a treasure. What makes it a treasure is how it tells the story of a family not that different from yours or mine, in a way that keeps pulling you back, page after page, chapter after chapter. Yes, there are times of deep sadness and great happiness for all the main characters, just as there are in most families, but it's how the story is told that made me want to come back to it, time and again. I needed to know what happened to Laurel, Len, Sarah, Jessie, and Emma. The author accomplishes this in a subtle but very strong way.Turning the last page, I found I had tears in my eyes, but they were the good kind, the "Wow, that was so moving" kind of tears.

Erica is a superb story teller, and her book deserves to be read by as many book lovers as possible.

Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
"I closed this astonishing novel . . . fully satiated as if after a wonderful meal. Erica Witsell is an astonishing new (to me) talent."


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