Author(s): Maggie Mitchell
Lois and Carly-May are just twelve years old when they're abducted, driven across the country, and imprisoned in a remote, isolated hunting lodge for two months. That summer, under the watchful gaze of their kidnapper, they form a bond which will never be broken ...Decades later, both Lois and Carly-May have built new lives and identities for themselves. Lois, a professor of literature, is shaken when an obsessive student reminds her of the man who kidnapped her, a man she saw shoot himself on the porch twenty years before. Out in LA, Carly-May is drinking too much and watching her beauty-queen looks fade, clinging to the last remnants of a once-promising career as an actress. When she reads a shockingly familiar screenplay, she warily she takes a role she knows is based on events from her own life. Increasingly haunted by the devastating experience that shaped both their lives, Lois and Carly-May are drawn together again in a world that both echoes and falsifies their beautiful, terrible story. An enthralling portrait of two haunted young women, this remarkable debut novel explores the very nature of survival.
Maggie Mitchell has published short fiction in a number of literary magazines, including New Ohio Review, American Literary Review, and Green Mountains Review. Her story 'It Would Be Different If' is included in The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia. This is her first novel.