NEARER THAN THE SKY
In this mesmerizing novel, acclaimed author T. Greenwood draws readers into the fascinating and frightening world of Munchausen syndrome by proxy—and into one woman's search for healing.
When Indie Brown was four years old, she was struck by lightning. In the oft-told version of the story, Indie's life was heroically saved by her mother. But Indie's own recollection of the event, while hazy, is very different.
Most of Indie's childhood memories are like this—tinged with vague, unsettling images and suspicions. Her mother, Judy, fussed over her pretty youngest daughter, Lily, as much as she ignored Indie. That neglect, coupled with the death of her beloved older brother, is the reason Indie now lives far away in rural Maine. It's why her relationship with Lily is filled with tension, and why she dreads the thought of flying back to Arizona. But she has no choice. Judy is gravely ill, and Lily, struggling with a challenge of her own, needs her help.
In Arizona, faced with Lily's hysteria and their mother's instability, Indie slowly begins to confront the truth about her half-remembered past and the legacy that still haunts her family. And as she revisits her childhood, with its nightmares and lost innocence, she finds she must reevaluate the choices of her adulthood—including her most precious relationships.
PRAISE FOR NEARER THAN THE SKY
“Greenwood is an assured guide through this strange territory; she has a lush, evocative style.”
– The New York Times Book Review
“A lyrical investigation into the unreliability and elusiveness of memory centers Greenwood's second novel... The kaleidoscopic heart of the story is rich with evocative details about its heroine's inner life.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Compelling... Highly recommended.”
– Library Journal
“Doesn't disappoint. A complicated story of love and abuse told with a directness and intensity that packs a lightning charge.”
“Greenwood's writing is lyrical and original. There is warmth and even humor and love. Her representation of MSBP is meticulous.”
– San Diego Union Tribune
“Deft handling of a difficult and painful subject...compelling.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Potent...Greenwood's clear-eyed prose takes the stuff of tabloid television and lends it humanity.”
– San Francisco Chronicle