A girl emerges from the woods, starved, ill, alone…and collapses.
In Sonja Yoerg’s new novel, TRUE PLACES (LakeUnionPublishing), we meet Suzanne Blakemore who is completely over-stressed. She’s had it with her smart-mouthed daughter, silent son and otherwise over-planned perfect life. So rather than continuing her day of obligations and errands, she starts driving and driving and driving some more. On the remote Blue Ridge Parkway she encounters a young girl who obviously has been living in the woods. As she’s driving young Iris to the hospital, she has no idea how her life is about to change.
Authorities have no luck trying to find relatives of Iris, so Suzanne invites her into her bubble of perfection and privilege. But soon Suzanne realizes her life isn’t so perfect, after all. Her daughter is rebelling, her son is more withdrawn and her husband is completely oblivious. At first, Iris is intrigued by the lifestyle the Blackmores represent, but that soon ends. She misses her independence and is disgusted by their materialism.
In her novel, Sonja Yoerg does what she does best. Sonja digs deep into each character, revealing their positive characteristics and flaws, while putting on display, everything these people represent – good and bad. We the reader can’t help but recognize ourselves in one or several of the complex individuals we’re introduced to. This is definitely another fabulous novel by Sonja that readers must get their hands on – NOW!
I’m a first-generation American, raised in Stowe, Vermont. My father taught skiing and tennis. My mother had been a school teacher and encouraged my sister, my brother and me to read and read and read. It stuck.
As a teenager, I waitressed at the Trapp Family Lodge to earn my college tuition. Maria Von Trapp gave me a cuckoo clock for my sixteenth birthday!
I earned my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and my Ph.D. in Biological Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.
(Learn more about my career in animal behavior and about my book on animal intelligence, CLEVER AS A FOX. )
I started writing full-time when my daughters were heading to college. My husband and I recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area (the setting for my debut novel) to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The background photo for this website is the view from our new property. It’s a lot like Vermont. We have been remodeling a 1920’s farmhouse, and I’ve posted some photos here.
Links to my other writing can be found here.
Thanks to Sonja, we have one copy of TRUE PLACES to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever questioned what you think is important to you and made a change. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2019!