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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gabrielle Pina Narrator: Shari Peel Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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People don’t usually name tornadoes, but that year Daddy insisted. “Any twister that beautiful and that dangerous can only be female. Reminds me of a woman I used to know named Sophea.” He laughed. “Sophea, Sophea.”

Dahlia’s life should be perfect. She’s a successful businesswoman with a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter. But Dahlia senses that something isn’t quite right. More and more often, she has the feeling of being lost in her own body, completely mystified by the simplest things, like traffic lights and car horns. These spells strike at anytime, anywhere. And though aware that she’s off balance, Dahlia has no idea what the cause could be.

As Dahlia’s grasp on reality loosens, the signs lead to a traumatic event from her childhood that has made its way into her adult life. There is someone else lurking in the back of Dahlia’s mind—and she wants out. Now Dahlia must revisit the painful past and the memories of a mother who had her own mental demons. The only problem is, Dahlia might have to lose herself entirely if she wants to discover the secrets of that long-ago day when Sophea came to town.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Emotions drive this novel…An affecting story about the power of family love to mend old wounds.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pina’s brilliantly structured story centers on a woman unable to deal with her past. Her novel addresses the problems that many families and communities face, even though they are often unwilling to discuss them openly. It’s an engrossing read in which the author’s voice speaks to you, the conflict moves you, and the ending restores your faith in family and the power of love.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Pina…delivers strong characters and an intricate plot.” Booklist
  • “Poignant and gripping…A heartfelt portrayal of a family’s shameful secrets and the power of unconditional love.”

    Tracy Price-Thompson, author of A Woman’s Worth

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 9/6/2007

    " still in the process of reading but it is intersting and pretty well written.novel about a strange family history, some clairvoyance and split personality issues.Reminds me of southern type family novels but it is not set in the south. "

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About the Author

Gabrielle Pina received her MA from the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing Program. She is a lecturer at the University of Southern California and a member of the adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Ron, and her children, Julian, Maia, and Langston.