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"As I read this compelling magical realism story, I couldn't help but relive in my memory Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and found that Harper, who had been given that name by her mom, lived up to it in every way, shape, and form. Harper's mom would indeed have been very proud of her. Gagnier's characters shift and develop as one reads the story, never static, but merging into the storyline. Charlotte, the awful and bland therapist, becomes something so much more than herself, and Harper's passage into young adulthood is suitably complex even as her two role models/mentors are such entirely different beings. The plot is powerful and mesmerizing, especially the courtroom scenes where Arthur Locke is being tried. Mercy Road is a book to linger over even if the impulse is to keep on reading; there's a lot in there waiting to be teased out by the patient and discerning reader -- and it's all well worthwhile. Mercy Road is highly recommended"

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

”I am the unhinged...and the world is my asylum.”

13-year old Harper is in therapy for the death of her mother. And that’s saying nothing of the trafficking victim she rescued from her next door neighbor’s cellar.

As her father becomes embroiled in a criminal case that threatens to destroy their lives, the despondent teenager is left to confide in her detached and aloof therapist Charlotte. If the woman who she began seeing to cope with Nancy’s suicide can’t help her through these harrowing events, Harper’s shattered family stands to be permanently damaged.

Will the mysterious woman that Harper saved from slavery be the key to healing the devastated Whitaker family? Or will their involvement destroy everything they have left?

Magical realism meets coming-of age drama in this epic origin story. Grab it now!