Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 320 pages
First Published: 2023
One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives.
That was the beauty of books, wasn’t it? They took you places you didn’t know you needed to go…
Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness, to a free diver pushing himself beyond endurance, an artist furious at the world around her, a bookseller in search of love, a widower rent by grief. Each one is drawn into Alice’s novel; each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives.
Together, their stories reveal how books can affect us in the most beautiful and unexpected of ways—and how we are all more closely connected to one another than we might think.
About Erica Bauermeister
Erica Bauermeister is the author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients, No Two Persons, and The Scent Keeper. She is the co-author of two guides books and a memoir, House Lessons. She currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Visit the author’s website →