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Just the book we need in these times.
- Elisabeth de Mariaffi
The experiences Laurel endures will break your heart, but Kawaja offers enough solace to mend even the smallest fractures.
- Michael Winter
In her house at the back end of Woods Road, fourteen-year-old Laurel does something unimaginable. She commits an act of violence that fractures her family and forces them from their home. They move to a housing unit in the nearby town of Stephenville, where they find themselves trapped in a system of poverty, generational neglect, and trauma. For Laurel, education is her ticket out. But years later, in university, her violent past catches up with her. This time she has to save herself. And she can’t do it alone.