Brought to live with the George family as a child, all anyone knew about enigmatic Rachel was that she worked hard, making herself indispensable to the plantation. And she remained a mystery until the day she disappeared
even to her husband. Especially to her husband.
Henry was Rachel's opposite - gregarious where she was quiet, fanciful where she was pragmatic. After years of marriage, Rachel left Henry and their oldest son without explanation and set off on a steamer for New York City with their other four children. Was her flight the ultimate act of betrayal or one of extraordinary courage? Eight characters connected by blood and circumstance reconstruct Rachel's inexplicable vanishing act.
Weaving real family letters into this narrative of her own great-grandparents, Laurel Saville creates a historical novel of incredible depth and beauty.
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Laurel Saville is an award-winning writer. Her memoir, Unraveling Anne, originally published under the title Postmortem, won a Next Generation Indie Book Award and a Hollywood Book Festival award in 2011. A graduate of New York University, she also holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and literature from Bennington College in Vermont.
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