Erica Witsell's Give
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."
Andrea Richardson, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
"[A] lovely coming of age story that shows an honest portrait of a family that loves each other but may not always know the best ways to show it. "
Andrea Bobotis, author of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt
"I found myself deeply invested in the characters and rooting for them to find their way through the beautiful chaos of life, as Witsell bravely portrays it. This novel is a must read."
Every summer, Jessie and Emma leave their suburban home and fly north, to Baymont. Nestled among Mendocino’s golden hills, with ponies to love and endless acres to explore, Baymont should be a child’s paradise. But Baymont belongs to Laurel, the girls’ birth mother, whose heedless parenting and tainted judgement cast a long shadow over the sisters’ summers—and their lives.
Caught in a web of allegiances, the girls learn again and again that every loyalty has its price, and that even forgiveness can take unexpected turns. Years later, when her mother asks her older daughter for the ultimate gift, Jessie must decide just how much to give in the name of love.
Lyrical and poignant, Give is the story of one family’s troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past, and a testament to the bonds of sisterhood.