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There is fiction that has moved me beyond belief (Marilynne Robinson, Arundhati Roy, Lydia Millet, oh my god) and that will always live in my head. This book is, admittedly, not that. It's not precisely- and poignantly-crafted great literature for the ages. But it's not trying to be. It IS: well-researched, genuine, kind, thoughtful, and populated with characters who are Real and whom the reader loves. And: because I loved the characters when they were in their last book, and because that one ended unresolved, I am so unbelievably thankful that this book exists. So, so thankful. Despite my desperate love for the books listed above, *this* is the first time in my life that I have wanted to write a personal thank-you to an author.
*Note that you *should* read "Stranger Child" before you read this. You won't care in the same way, otherwise.
*Also note that the only observable flaw (and it was SMALL) (tiny spoiler alert follows) that I found was a little bit of what sounded like the author having done a lot of research around a topic (the types and mechanics of explosives, for instance) in order to gain the authority to write about it--GREAT!--and then maybe accidentally going on a little too long with her newfound knowledge. Such a minor flaw, though. I learned things, and now I can be impressive in conversations with firefighters!
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This is the follow up to Stranger Child. In this book Natasha (Tasha) is on the run and Emma, her step mother, is desperately looking for her. Tasha is hiding in the streets, alleys and gutters along with her new friend, a runaway boy who has been abused by his father. There is much action as the bad guys are also looking for Tasha, and are offering a huge award for her discovery. Tom, the FBI agent is also searching for Tasha in order to protect her.
In the meantime there is a love story regarding Emma unfolding. It involves a man she desperately loved many years ago, but whom she thought was dead. He also has a connection to Tom. This is short (less than 4 hours) but is cram packed with action and interest. I partidcularly recommend Nowhere Child if you want to know what happens to Emma and to the Stranger Child, Natasha. It is well performed.