The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern
by Rita Zoey Chin
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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 21 Nov 2022
Melville House Publishing, Melville House
"The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern is a bittersweet and achingly tender coming of age novel. Like V. E. Schwab and Audrey Niffenegger, Rita Zoey Chin is an expert guide to that territory in which magic, loss, and possibility change not only the characters but the reader, too.” - Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
The luminous story of a fiercely lonely young woman's quest to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance . . .
When 6-year-old empath Leah Fern—once “The Youngest and Very Best Fortune Teller in the World”—is abandoned by her beautiful magician mother, she is consumed with longing for her mother's return.
Until something bizarre happens: On her 21st birthday Leah receives an inheritance from someone she doesn’t even know, and finds herself launched on a journey of magical discovery. It's a voyage that will spiral across the United States, Canada, into the Arctic Circle and beyond—and help her make her own life whole by piecing together the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance.
The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern is an enchanting novel about the transcendent power of the imagination, the magic at the threshold of past and present, and the will it takes to love.
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This is the story of a girl who grew up in a carnival trailer as "The Youngest and Very Best Fortune Teller in the World." As a sensitive child, she knows how to comfort others and empathize with their pain. At six, Leah's mother leaves and puts her in the care of a kind old man. Fifteen years later, Leah has decided to end her life on her 21st birthday and has rituals to help herself die. The narrative shifts when she is given a series of letters written by her mother that promises to be a journey that will reveal her story. Beautifully written coming-of-age tale with well-painted characters and haunting prose. Highly recommended! 'Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!