Being a Sparrow child has never been simple. Olivia, Sherman and Morgan have their faults, and they cope with their tumultuous childhood in their own unstable ways—Olivia with her excessive lifestyle, Morgan cycling through risky behaviors, and Sherman dabbling in morally-precarious business practices. They have kept their family from completely crumbling until now, but the cracks in their relationship are about to be unearthed. As their shaky foundations collide, the earthquake levels their city.
Olivia treks across now-mutilated Portland to reach her family, Sherman finds it in himself to protect his siblings from militia looters and thugs, and Morgan deals with the uncovering of past wrongs of her parents. To make matters worse, their shelter is in the path of a mass of loose earth repeatedly shaken by aftershocks.
With the siblings finally reunited, their task becomes surviving long enough to be medevaced from their childhood home at the base of the impending landslide. Previously separated by secrets and resentment, they realize they are now united by survival. If resources don’t run out, if sickness doesn’t overtake them, if alt-right militia members don’t intervene, and if the wet mass of land speeding towards their childhood home and makeshift shelter doesn’t bury them, they will have to navigate past traumas and the mistakes of their parents in order to honor those they lost, and survive as a family.
Suzy Vitello writes and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and her dog and occasionally one or more of their five kids. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant. She’s a ridiculous Portland Timbers/Thorns fan, so don’t talk to her for at least a day after a match loss. Her young adult novels include The Moment Before and the Empress Chronicles series.
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