Asheville local Erica Witsell will launch her debut novel, "Give" on at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe.
Every summer, Jessie and Emma leave their suburban home in the Central Valley of California 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 judgment 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 Laurel asks her elder daughter for the ultimate gift, Jessie must decide just how much to give in the name of love. Luminous and poignant, Give is the story of one family's troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past and a stirring testament to the bonds of sisterhood.
Witsell's writing has appeared in The Sun Magazine, and Brain, Child's online publication. She lives in western North Carolina with her family, where she teaches English as a new language and writes a blog about motherhood. She loves mountains, languages, bicycling, and dance.
Visit her online at www.wricawitsell.com
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Malaprop's is located at 55 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Come hear Witsell on May 30 or call the store to order the book online advance, and we’ll get it signed for you. Event date:
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