One of "Summer's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers" ( Vanity Fair ): A bold, page-turning novel that follows the rippling effects of a childhood abduction on two sisters
Every other weekend, Hope and Eden--backpacks, Walkmans, and homework in hand--wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. It's the divorce shuffle; they're used to it. Only this weekend, he's screwed up, forgotten, and their world will irrevocably change when a stranger lures them into his truck with a false story and smile.
Twenty years later. Hope discovers that the man who abducted them is up for parole and the sisters might be able to offer testimony to keep him in jail. There's only one problem: Eden is nowhere to be found.
Hope sets out on a harrowing quest--from hippie communes to cities across the country, and into her own troubled past--to track down her sister. Will she find Eden in time? And what will she learn about herself along the way?
"Sisters Eden and Hope share everything, though they are nothing alike. Eden is sophisticated and adventurous, Hope, younger of the two, is cautious and reserved. Growing up, the girls split time between their divorced mother's and father's houses. With both parents too proud to drive the full distance to the other's home, the girls commute every other weekend by bus. One night when the girls are young teens, they're kidnapped by a man who introduces himself as Larry and deceives the girls into thinking he is a friend of their father's. The novel slides between the time of the incident and the present, following Hope, who as an adult playwright lives in the shadow of her trauma. After the abduction, Eden and Hope drifted apart, their relationship unable to withstand the weight of the tragedy. As the story progresses, Hope pursues contact with the sister she has fetishized and obsessed over since the night their childhoods were cut short. Dark, eloquent, and bold, Kleine's (Calf, 2015) latest is a fierce tale of survival and sisterhood.--Eathorne, Courtney Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Kleine's fascinating second novel (after Calf) follows Hope, a struggling New York City playwright in her 30s. Her affordable sublet situation has just been derailed by the unexpected return of the owner. Having lost her girlfriend of seven years, her mom to cancer, and now her apartment, Hope is adrift. But Hope's story goes deeper: as teenagers, she and her older sister, Eden, were abducted by a man named Larry who posed as their father's friend in order to lure them into his truck. Hope receives a letter from the district attorney's office notifying her that Larry is up for parole-but if she or Eden could provide any previously unshared details of their abduction, they could help keep Larry in prison. The problem is that neither Hope nor anyone else in her family has been in touch with Eden for decades, and it seems Eden intends to keep it that way. Hope embarks on a cross-country trip to find Eden, driven partly by Larry's upcoming parole and partly by the desire to see her sister again so they can perhaps finally move on from their past. Driving her father's old camper van and making pit stops in D.C., Virginia, and Arizona, Hope must turn to a number of people, including her ex-girlfriend, Hope and Eden's father and his new girlfriend, and Eden's ex-lover, for assistance along the way. Kleine's novel is somewhat overambitious and stuffed with a few too many characters and narrative threads, but what ultimately emerges is a gripping portrait of the lingering effects of trauma. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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