Today, January 26th, is release day for The Feathered Bone, written by my lovely friend Julie Cantrell. I urge you to pick up a copy of The Feathered Bone as soon as you can, and not because Julie is New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, or the former editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. It’s because the stories she writes are heartbreaking and beautiful.
Set in New Orleans, The Feathered Bone tackles difficult issues — child abduction, sex trafficking, and suicide — but also promises hope, healing and second chances.
Here’s the summary:
In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed. Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.
I read this entire novel in two sittings – it’s a beautiful tribute to love, loss, and faith.