When Maya Taylor, an English professor with a tendency to hide in her books, sends her daughter to Florida to look after a friend's child, she does so with the best of intentions; it's a chance for Ellie, 20 and spiraling, to rebuild her life. But Ellie fears she'll only disappoint again, and in the sprawling hours of one humid afternoon, she makes a mistake that she can't take back. In two separate timelines - before and after the catastrophe - Maya and Ellie must try to repair their fractured relationship and find a way to transcend not only their differences but also their more troubling similarities.
Heralding the arrival of a profoundly moving new talent, Hold Still explores the depths and limits of a mother's love.
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