A wise, big-hearted novel set against the wide open beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in which a young single mother and her ten-year-old daughter face the challenges of rural poverty and find the community they need to survive.
Skye Hill, Laurel Hill's precocious daughter, has always been everything to each other. The couple lives on Lake Superior, where the nearest hospital is a helicopter ride away and the local school has only four students in each class. Laurel's patchwork of jobs keeps them afloat, but their deep love for each other feels like it can keep them warm even on the coldest of nights. What else do they require?
Their landlord decides to evict them in favor of a more profitable summer rental on an otherwise ordinary afternoon, and they are pushed further to the margins without warning. Suddenly, the independence that has defined them appears to be a liability. When a dangerous incident threatens to separate them, Laurel and Skye must make a life-changing decision: will they leave the place they love and the hardscrabble life they've built to move closer to civilization, or will they risk everything to embrace the emptiness and wildness that have defined them?
What follows is an inspiring and deeply moving story about a mother and daughter who, against all odds, learn to build community and foster the resilience that will keep them alive.... Read More