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"THE NEST OF OUR BEING"
The newest novel by Melinda Field can be read as a standalone novel
or as a sequel to "TRUE"
In the summer of 2004 Julien Smith returns home to the mountains of far Northern California broken and morally injured. As his journey unfolds over the course of a year, we come to know his family and the interwoven stories of the beautifully flawed people of Green Valley. The Nest of Our Being explores the random ways of fate. Cat longs to reach out Julien, despite their unspeakable past. Five years later she still wonders how such an evil act could create something so innocent and precious. The story pivots and turns as Julien's mother along with her circle of eccentric women friends, attempts to guide her gifted young granddaughter safely through the portals of ancestral knowing. Both wonder and terror impact our lives, but the solid bedrock of family and our connection with wild nature, strengthen the ties that bind us to our fragile yet miraculous humanity.
The original tale and prequel to "THE NEST OF OUR BEING"
When sixteen year old Cat's mother is sent to prison in the fall of 1998, she is forced to leave the streets of Phoenix, Arizona to live with her grandmother whom she has never met, in a remote mountain valley in Northern California. After a devastating incident, Cat is taken in by nurse/midwife Emma Cassady and becomes an integral, yet controversial part of her circle of horsewomen friends: Lilly, Clare, Midnight and Briar. Emma's decision to foster the troubled girl, disrupts her serene life, as do her feelings for the man who broker her heart decades ago. Lilly, blind-sided by change, and her fragile sister Clare, must deal with their aging mother, Dora, who is leading a secret life at the local nursing home. Midnight, culture keeper for her small tribe, is forced to face the truth about her only son; while Briar, a fearless horsewoman and trainer, becomes the circle's greatest teacher. Over the course of a year, these authentic women and their ties to family, animals, their pristine wild environment and each other, inspire an unforgettable story that will be passed from friend to friend and mother to daughter.
"Verdict: A phenomenally
poetic novel that explores the rich
realm of nature, womanhood, family and the everlasting
bonds of friendship."
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