FICTION

Annie and the Wolves

Soho. Feb. 2021. 408p. ISBN 9781641291699. $27.00. F
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Ruth McClintock has been obsessed with sharpshooter Annie Oakley for most of her life. She has sacrificed much to become an Oakley scholar, but it all might be worth it when she receives a journal in the mail from a mysterious book dealer with a request for provenance and authentication. Ruth little dreams that researching the journal will plunge her into a search through her own past and a confrontation of demons from long ago. It will also lead to a special partnership with high school senior Reece, a tech whiz with whom she apparently shares a psychic connection. As Ruth delves into the journal and Annie’s attempts to travel back in time to right an old wrong, she explores her own psychic abilities to nearly disastrous consequences.
VERDICT Romano-Lax’s (Plum Rains) brilliantly conceived characters, delicate exploration of abuse and childhood trauma, and examination of vengeance and its power to heal will entrance from the very first page. Her latest is a tour de force that will appeal to a wide variety of readers,

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