A beautifully written story of a daughter s journey to find her voice, both literally and figuratively. Valentine reminds us that to be fully human is to be both a storyteller and a story dweller. Christina Meldrum, author of Madapple and Amaryllis in Blueberry
On the sharp crags of tiny Tillings Island lies the secret of Izabella Rae Haywood s sixth birthday. That night, her father vanished, taking her voice and the truth of what really happened along with him. In the autumn of 1974, after eight long years of unsuccessful psychiatrist visits and silence, Iz s mother packs up the tattered remains of their life, determined to return to Tillings in one last attempt to reclaim Iz s voice and piece together the splintered memories of the day her words ran dry. But when the residents of Tillings greet them with a standoffish welcome, it becomes clear that they know something about Iz, and the father she adored, that she does not.
Now, as the island s annual Yemaya festival prepares to celebrate the ties that bind mothers to children, lovers to each other, and humankind to the sea, Iz must unravel the tangled threads of her own history . . . or risk losing herself and any chance she may have for a future to the past."