“I had something specific in mind. I wanted to put my life up on stilts and rebuild my foundation. I’d seen it done before, with a house. It was possible, I thought, with a life, too.”

Sophia is sinking into a state of sad resignation when she receives a postcard offering hope. Without much thought, she seizes the opportunity to leave the dry heat of Arizona and settle into a spare cottage in the fog of Northern California. As she discovers a new landscape and pace of life, she questions her obligation to return home.

Denise Parsons is an artist and writer. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA. This is her first novel.

Available at McNally Jackson Books.