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November 2, 2015

Greetings:

This month, we're pleased to feature The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris, a novel that moves from Ireland to New York to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, where a young girl goes missing. 

Read on to learn more from the author, and enter to win a copy of this new historical fiction. 

Warmly,

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
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The Edge of Lost  
by Kristina McMorris
Fiction / 340 pages / Paperback 
Kensington / November 2015 
  
Dear Reader,

I was searching online one day when I happened across an intriguing documentary, Children of Alcatraz. The compilation of interviews featured those who had grown up on the Rock as children of the prison staff, some even claiming to have secretly befriended notorious inmates there, despite rules to prevent any contact. By the end of the video, I knew I had a story to tell, one of a hardened prisoner whose acquaintance with the young daughter of a guard would lead to a path of irreversible consequences.
 
As I researched further, I was just as surprised to learn about an inmate who had been granted special permission to build and tend the warden's personal greenhouse. So, not only were there children living next door to the likes of Al Capone and "Machine Gun" Kelly, but also lush gardens being cared for a resident of a small, dank, concrete cell. Above all, it was these paradoxes that propelled me to write The Edge of Lost, a novel I truly hope you'll enjoy!
 
With warm wishes,

Kristina
 
WE ARE GIVING AWAY 10 COPIES OF THE EDGE OF LOST.  ENTER BY DECEMBER 1 TO WIN A COPY.

About The Edge of Lost:  

In October 1937, while living on Alcatraz Island, the ten-year-old daughter of a prison guard goes missing. Only convicted bank robber Tommy Capello knows the truth of her whereabouts, with both of their lives dependent on the search's outcome.
 
Decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. His chance at a better life finally comes from a ticket to cross the Atlantic, but tragedy strikes en route -- and before long the two stories will intertwine in one gripping, unforgettable tale.
 
Reviews of The Edge of Lost:   
 
"The story will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end -- and if you're like me, not even then. I absolutely love this book, and so will you."
-Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
 
"Compelling, resonant and deeply moving, The Edge of Lost is an absorbing tale of deceit and self-deception, survival and second chances, the ties that bind and the lure of the unknown."
-Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
 
To learn more, visit the author's website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Kristina McMorris is available to speak to your book club by Skype, phone, or in person if you live in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Email Kristina to arrange a discussion.
 





 
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