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Tillie Harris’ life is in disarray—her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren’t unpacked, and the telephone isn’t even connected yet. Though she’s not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help, a choice that means facing the painful memories she’s been running from since she was a little girl.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie’s life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting tale of the terrible ways in which we fail each other; of the whys, the what ifs, and the what nows. This is not a book you’ll soon forget.”

    Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

  • “A remarkable debut, not just for the uncanny accuracy and charm of eight-year-old Tillie’s narrative voice, but for the way the characters reveal unexpected angles of themselves that somehow make them realer than real. Up from the Blue lingers in the mind.” 

    Mark Childress, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[An] elegant debut…Henderson’s fascinating novel fearlessly examines the complexities of depression, romantic and filial love, and motherhood. Beautiful, funny, sad, and complicated, Tillie’s quest to understand her complex, troubled family is filled with lush descriptions of painfully emotional moments.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Henderson shows remarkable compassion in her debut novel, an affecting portait of depression through a child’s eyes.”


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About the Author
Author Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the founder of the literary blog LitPark: Where Writers Come to Play, while also contributing to the blog The Nervous Breakdown and volunteering for the We Are Family Foundation. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Pittsburgh QuarterlyNorth Atlantic ReviewOpium, and many other publications. The rights for the translation of her novel were sold in five countries and it earned much acclaim from sources such as NPR and Rosie ODonnell. Henderson lives in New York with her husband and two sons.