In a quiet attic in the Arizona mountains, 34-year-old Myra Malone writes stories about a miniature world for thousands of readers. She never meant to invite visitors to the folding mansion (don’t call it a dollhouse) she inherited as a small child. But Myra’s lifelong best friend, Gwen, a gifted branding specialist, knows a hit when she sees one. The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone has become a social media sensation, creating legions of fans who breathlessly await every Myra-penned story, trade photographs of Mansion-modeled rooms, and swap theories about the reclusive author of their favorite distraction. Myra herself is tethered to the Mansion by mysteries she can’t understand—rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors, and whispered legacies from the house's former owner.
To Myra, the unexpected wonders of the Mansion seem safer than the vast and unmanageable Outside. But when her life's work attracts new notice, Myra must learn to expand the boundaries of her small world and let love inside it.
In 1995, when Sarah James was 17, a fire tore through the forests of her childhood home in the Arizona mountains. The flames took neighborhoods, ponderosas, canyons, and lives. Sarah loved the boy who ignited them. Soon after he disappeared, she traded mountain aspens for desert saguaros, and let the ashes settle behind her.
Twenty years later, the mountains call Sarah home. Not long after opening a law practice in her hometown, she begins to represent Elsie, a 15-year-old in foster care. Elsie’s determination to color-code and organize the world into submission triggers a spark of recognition, forcing Sarah to revisit not only the girl she used to be, but the boy she used to love. Her work on the case stirs the dormant ashes of that long-ago fire, rewriting the story Sarah knows about how it started, how it ended, and the lives it destroyed. Will the truth about Elsie and the fire reignite Sarah's buried longing to find the boy who fled the flames?
The second in a series of novels, The Light Among Aspens continues the story of Sarah James and the characters introduced in One Alight, All Aflame.
A wry and honest accounting of a 40-year love/hate relationship with a body determined to claim its own space, Weighty is a mix of humor and heartbreak told in interconnected essays that evoke Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Lindy West's Shrill.