UC Berkeley faculty member Melanie Abrams’ fantastic new novel, Meadowlark, follows Simone, a photojournalist, who escapes a strict spiritual compound as a teenager and later reconnects with the childhood friend, Aaron, she escaped with. Aaron is now the charismatic leader of a commune, Meadowlark, which holds some disturbing beliefs concerning children and their “gifts.” Despite her reservations, Simone agrees to come document Meadowlark’s story but arrives only to realize the commune is in the midst of a tense criminal investigation. A gripping novel about the sometimes inexplicable pull of connection and what it means to see and be seen.
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