Lisa Tucker grew up in Missouri and lives in New Mexico with her husband and son. She teaches creative writing at UCLA and sings jazz. Lisa is also the author of The Song Reader and Shout Down the Moon.
When Dorothea was a child, her father abandoned Hollywood for a remote corner of New Mexico. Two decades later, she's finally getting ready to leave-so she can hunt for a brother who has disappeared. With a ten-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Tucker's outstanding novel (after Shout Down the Moon) is as structurally dextrous as it is emotionally satisfying, boasting a chorus of extraordinary voices and assured parallel plot lines separated by four decades. In the present day, 23-year-old Dorothea has left her overprotective father's secluded 35-acre New Mexico estate, called the Sanctuary, where she and her brother, Jimmy, had been sheltered from current news and all modern-day innovations. Searching for her runaway brother in St. Louis, Dorothea meets a recently widowed doctor-turned-cabbie, who introduces her to the vibrant outside world he's been trying to escape. A parallel tale set in the 1970s follows the budding romance between a successful film director and the waif who becomes his muse, his wife and the object of his obsessive control. The tour de force resolution that ties both stories together is a lyrically poignant reminder of the necessity of hope. An exceptionally empathetic storyteller, Tucker has created a haunting, gripping novel that brims with graceful writing and fragile characters. This should be catnip for book clubs, whether they devour it as a page-turner about parenting and family or discuss its subtle meditations on fate and coincidence, wealth and poverty, freedom and safety, fairy tales and American dreams. 10-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.