Snow in July by Heather Barbieri
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“A stark and powerful portrait of a family flawed by addiction and betrayal; a family redeemed by love. Heather Barbieri writes with raw honesty and true compassion. This is a novel that stays with you well beyond the last page.”—Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment

“Heather Barbieri has crafted a beautiful coming-of-age novel set among the abandoned mines of Butte, Montana. Two sisters try climbing a ladder that doesn't exist, and swirl within the landscape that is as pitted as their lives, hoping in the end to just survive the shattered world that has consumed them. Snow in July is a step into the dark underpinning cosmos of small town America, where love is the only Band-Aid for a broken world.”—Michael Hornburg, author of Downers Grove and Bongwater

All of Erin’s life, her sister has eclipsed her, stolen her boyfriends and commanded the family’s attention with one meteoric crisis or another. Meghan was always smarter, prettier, more daring and dynamic. As a child, she could charm her way out of any situation, usually leaving Erin to shoulder the blame for their various transgressions. But Meghan has been gone for years, and now Erin is anxious to leave Butte behind her, too; to go East to art school, or West to Los Angeles to become a jewelry designer—anywhere, so long as it’s far from Butte, Montana. Then Meghan, a single mother with a six-year-old daughter and an infant, unexpectedly returns, again expecting Erin and their mother to solve her problems. But this time there are other people involved, no easy solution to those problems and no one else to blame.

Meghan is now addicted to men, danger and drugs. She is the world’s “most frequent flier.” Little Teensy and baby Si-Si are lonely and endangered. When Meghan’s attempts to stay clean falter, the responsibility for the children becomes Erin’s. But how much can she be expected to sacrifice for her nieces’ well-being? Can she find fulfillment and happiness, even in Butte?

Heather Barbieri lives with her husband and three young children in Seattle, Washington. Snow in July is her first novel.

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Published November 1, 2005 by Soho Press. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Since their alcoholic father died when Erin was 13, Meghan, the gifted, ambitious older sister Erin looked up to, has been on a downward spiral of sex, drugs, and Erin is afraid to think what else.

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