Erica Witsell - Give
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 judgement 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.
A very unusual family saga written with unusual intelligence and compassion. Erica Witsell has a gift for depicting complex relationships. —Phyllis Rose, author of Parallel Lives, The Year of Reading Proust, and The Shelf
Every summer, Jessie and Emma leave their suburban home in the Central Valley and fly north to Baymont.