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Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold

By Jane Lindskold

Middle-aged Mira Fenn is familiar with she has an uncomfortably unique earlier. As a small lady, she lived in a ornate previous residence in tiny Las Vegas, New Mexico, tended by way of oddly silent servant ladies and governed by means of her coldly flamboyant mom Colette. whilst Mira was once 9, Colette went on certainly one of her unexplained journeys, purely this time she by no means returned.

Placed with foster mom and dad, Mira used to be raised in Ohio, basic retailer for her ardour for colour. On gaining maturity, she discovered that she nonetheless owned the hot Mexico condominium. She additionally discovered that, as a situation of being allowed to undertake her, Mira's foster mom and dad had agreed to alter their identify, circulation to a different nation, and not ask why.

Years later, facing relations papers after the deaths of her aged foster mom and dad, Mira unearths records that pique her interest approximately her vanished mom and the explanations in the back of her unusual formative years and adoption.

Travelling again to New Mexico, she unearths the home is and isn't as she recalls it. inside of, it's a lot an analogous. outdoors, it's been painted in innumerable shades. As Mira maintains to enquire her mother's existence, occasions take stranger and stranger turns. The silent girls reappear. at the same time Mira starts off to suspect the ability to which she could be inheritor, the home itself seems to be waking up…

Shot via with magic and the ambience of the Southwest, this singular delusion novel has the entire storytelling energy of Jane Lindskold's highly regarded Firekeeper sequence.

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