Born into an artistic and eccentric family, Lyza laments that her only talent is carving letters into wood. That is, until the devastating loss of her mother to influenza during the pandemic of 1918. The illness has settled on their small coastal town in Maine, and the funeral marches pass Lyza’s house almost daily. When her unconventional father begins to prepare for the return of his dead wife, Lyza is the only one to protect him from being committed to the work farm. Awash with grief and longing for her mother, Lyza journeys into the thin territory that divides the living from the dead.
Relying on her courage, and an undiscovered talent, Lyza must save her father and find her own path. From the celebrated author of Worth, a powerful story of love that persists beyond the grave.
This delightful story had a dreamlike quality that made it a pleasant and fast read. It takes place during the pandemic of 1918 in Maine and when the author describes the cold you can almost feel it.
Lyza shares a special relationship with her father and though most people believe him to be “crazy” she learns that is not the case but that his gift of carving is much much more than she ever thought and she also learns to accept the “gift” she has been born with.