A transcendent tour de force that explores the question "How will my loved ones carry on without me?"
When they were just children, two tragedies robbed Alice, Griffin, and Dinah Stenen of their parents. Now, as adults, their lives seem to be in crisis, each sibling struggling and in need of someone to turn to...
And without their parents' guidance - they falter.
But what they don't know is that their parents are watching them from a place not unlike heaven - worrying, smiling, reminiscing, and perhaps even guiding their children as each makes their tentative way towards happiness
With Outside Wonderland, Lorna Jane Cooke delivers an emotional powerhouse of a novel, a wholly original work destined to stay with readers long after theyve turned the last page.
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"Although following three siblings with multiple relationships can get a little confusing, the characters are never less than engaging and appealing." - Booklist
"Overly sentimental, Cook's latest suffers from a number of flaws." - Publishers Weekly
"Lorna Cook has created a lovely heartfelt world where life often gets in the way of finding happiness. You will fall in love with these characters." - Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Winter Garden
"From the very opening pages of Lorna Jane Cook's gorgeous Outside Wonderland, you realize two things: that you are in the hands of a strong, gifted writer, and that you should prepare yourself for anything to happen in this original, poetic, and riveting story. Those two realizations are affirmed again and again, even to the final page - which I hesitated to turn because I did not want this book to end." - Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals and The Kindness of Strangers
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Lorna Jane Cook was born in Redwood City, California, and grew up in Michigan. She graduated from college with a B.A. in social work, and embarked on a career path from Michigan to Philadelphia and Washington D.C., working at a runaway shelter; a group home for teenage girls; an emergency services program; and on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant. Finally, she turned to novel-writing, an obvious trajectory. More about the author and her two previous books, Departures and Home Away From Home can be found at www.lornajcook.com.
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