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“Backwoods Noir” at its best. For generations the Erskine clan has lived in poverty and isolation on North Mountain, shunned by the God-fearing people of nearby Gideon. Now, Albert Erskine comes down off the mountain hoping to change the future for his brothers and sisters and sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything. Inspired by a true story. From best-selling novelist Lauren B. Davis comes the deeply compassionate story of what happens when we view our neighbors as “The Other,” as well as the transcendent power of unlikely friendships.

” Powerful, harrowing, and deeply unsettling. It keeps you reading as your blood pressure mounts…proceeds like a noose gradually tightening…stark, beautiful, sad and frankly terrifying…finely crafted, with careful attention to characterization, style, and pacing. It succeeds on every level.”
–(Starred Review) The Quill & Quire

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LAUREN B. DAVISLauren's most recent work, OUR DAILY BREAD (Wordcraft of Oregon), was named as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe, and earned a starred review in the industry publication "Quill & Quire". Her first novel, THE STUBBORN SEASON, was a national bestseller and named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by and Books in Canada. It was also chosen by Robert Adams for his prestigious 2003-2004 book review series.Lauren B. Davis was born in Montreal and lived in France for ten years from 1994-2004. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, Ron, and her dog, Bailey, known as the Rescuepoo.