This superbly composed novel tells two parallel stories of suffering and perseverance, capturing the heart and mind equally and remaining mesmerizing through the intensely heart-wrenching conclusion. The characters are honest and memorable, enhancing the plot of this page-turning tale about the power of fate and the irreplaceable impact of kindness and love.
In a last-ditch attempt to avoid juvie, 17-year-old Molly Ayer agrees to clean out the attic of 91-year-old Vivian Daly in exchange for community service hours. Surprised by Vivian’s spirit and intrigued by the history hidden within the attic, Molly delves into her task with cautious curiosity. The further Molly gets into her hours, the more of Vivian’s story is uncovered, and the striking similarities of their lives starts to take hold. Though separated by time and situation, Molly and Vivian are bound together by shared hardships, soon finding their paths interweaving in ways they never would have imagined and leaving both of their lives changed for the better. (MORROW, Apr., 288 pp., $14.99)