Publishers Weekly Starred Review!
Publishers Weekly STARRED review for Ascension of Larks!
A powerful exploration of love, loss, and hope, Linden’s debut novel begins with acclaimed international photographer Maggie Henry rushing back to tiny San Juan Island, off the coast of Washington State, to join the family of her beloved friend Marco, who was recently killed in a kayaking accident. Marco’s widow, Lena, seems unable to deal with the reality of her husband’s death, and her incapacity requires Maggie to take on the care of Marco’s three children. Soon afterward, a prestigious photography competition opens up, forcing Maggie to choose between lifelong ambitions and a deep love for the only family she has. Complicating an already dicey situation, she meets Daniel, the sorrowful, enigmatic poet who caused Marco’s accident. The two must learn to embrace their hopes, and dare to trust each other, before their lives and futures can move forward. Linden’s lyrical prose paints a delicate, insightful picture of a grieving family seeking an anchor during a tumultuous upheaval. Winsome kids and family friends add depth and warmth to the well-developed cast of characters. Readers will eagerly await future offerings from this promising new author.