WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND
Captivating in its complexity, this novel brings together the strengths and suffering of two young women born more than 60 years apart. Told in alternating perspectives, the story reaches a place of immense emotional depth and psychological turmoil, culminating in an unexpected, heartrending ending.
Seventeen-year-old Izzy Stone has been in the foster care system for almost a decade, ever since her mother fatally shot her father and was sentenced to life in prison. When Izzy’s new foster parents have her help catalog the contents of a long-shuttered state asylum, Izzy becomes captivated by the story of Clara Cartwright, feeling tied to Clara by her own story. At age 18, a sane Clara’s life was drastically altered when her family committed her to the asylum. As Clara’s story unfolds, Izzy is forced to face her own demons, and long-hidden secrets for both young women are uncovered. (KENSINGTON, Jan., 336 pp., $15.00)