By: Liz Rosenberg
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: 11/13/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars
There are so many things I’d love to tell you girls, but, well—I just don’t know…”
Alma Johansson confides this to her grown daughters, Louisa and Michelle, shortly before her death, leaving them puzzled. Their mother’s life was an open book, so what could she possibly have kept from them?
But when her will is read, revealing a life-altering secret, her words take on new meaning. They also bring back decades-old memories of a deadly fire on Indigo Hill—a fire that killed five of their friends.
For Louisa in particular, the scars from that fateful night are still visible. Now, with their mother’s hidden past out in the open, both Louisa and Michelle must confront their own painful secrets to have a chance at a meaningful future.
Indigo Hill is a heart-wrenching, bittersweet novel about guilt, love, family, and memory—a story of facing the endings in a lifetime and embracing new beginnings.
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“Liz Rosenberg loves her characters and makes us love them, too. She knows what Faulkner knew, that the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past. She knows, as well, that every story is many stories, and she handles the complex intersecting tales of unspeakable loss, astonishing secrets, familial chaos, and heartbreak, with intelligence, poise, and tenderness. Indigo Hill is a heartfelt, redemptive, and irresistible novel. Read it now and thank me later.” —John Dufresne, author of I Don’t Like Where This Is Going
“Ms. Rosenberg reminds us, page by smart page, that the tales we tell ourselves are at once necessary and dangerous. Here is a book that rouses and refreshes, each chapter a step closer to the long-suppressed truths peculiar to us as fallen angels. Ibsen is in these pages. As is Cheever at his most bittersweet. And Alice Munro with her quiet desperation. Not to mention the nuanced interiority of Woolf and Oates. Savor this book, friends. Take heart, especially from Ms. Rosenberg’s semisorrowful but always steadfast affection for the crooked kind we are.” —Lee K. Abbott, author of All Things, All at Once
“Indigo Hill is a beautifully written novel about the loss of one family member and the gain of another. The characters are richly drawn and multilayered, each of them coping with secrets from the past as they struggle to navigate the present. I was drawn in from the very start, and found myself smiling and nodding my head at the dynamics between mother and daughter, husband and wife, sisters, and longtime friends. Liz Rosenberg’s latest offering is a study in heartache and hope, tragedy and resilience, and the familial bonds that span oceans and ages.” —Janis Thomas, bestselling author of What Remains True
“Indigo Hill is an absorbing and poignant story, with lovingly drawn characters. It’s a love story and a mystery story too, with a family chock full of secrets and an intriguing stranger arriving from England. A great read!” —Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country and The Girl in the Blue Beret
About the Author
Liz Rosenberg is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels The Moonlight Palace, The Laws of Gravity, and Home Repair. She is also a prize-winning poet and children’s book author. For over twenty years, she was a book review columnist at the Boston Globe. She teaches creative writing and English at Binghamton University. She has also guest-taught at Bennington College, Colgate University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She divides her time between Upstate New York, Florida, and Worcester, Massachusetts. She lives with her daughter, Lily, and their dog, Sophie. Her son, Eli, a comic and podcaster, lives in New York City. Visit Liz on Facebook for updates, extraordinary photos of ordinary beauty, and more information. Read More