The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener
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"Burning down Black Snake trailer was easy. The hard thing was walking away, when what I wanted most was to watch it die... "

When Angel sets fire to her childhood home, it isn't the end--it's the beginning. Left with nothing but a few memories in her pocket, Angel escapes into the fields of tobacco, the only place she has ever felt safe. Hidden by those green-gold leaves, she sets her eyes on the mountains and believes someone waits for her there. Angel will do whatever she has to until she finds her. She longs to empty her pockets, hand over the answers to what became of her, and whisper, This is my story.

As Angel journeys toward the mountains, Hannah is struggling to tell her own story. The daughter of missionaries who follow the rules of a small and strict religious sect, modesty is prized above all else. Wearing floor length polyester skirts, and never cutting her hair, Hannah is forced to live a separate life from her peers. Until the summer her family moves to James Island, South Carolina. Slowly, Hannah begins to escape the confines of her strict upbringing, and soon makes a choice that will forever change the course of her life.

As these two women's paths connect, Hannah's past will prove to mean everything to Angel's future.

About Rachel Keener

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Rachel Keener is the author of The Killing Tree. She lives in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina with her husband and two sons. You can visit her Web site at
Published February 17, 2010 by Center Street. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Angel’s story begins after her family deserts her, she sets fire to her home, and flees to the mountains on sheer instinct that there is something, or someone, waiting for her there.

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