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November 16, 2022

The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang ~ a Review

by MK French

Zadie Wilder can see the future, but never saw that her mother would disappear five years ago. Her sister Finn can sense memories imprinted on objects, giving her the appearance of being easily distracted. At Finn's graduation party, she catches the echo of a woman singing, and knows it's her mother. Finn convinces Zadie to come with her to find their mother, but the more she slips into the memories to find her, the more she loses grip on herself. Zadie feels her sister slipping away, and must decide if finding their mother is worth losing her sister.

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book cover of young adult fantasy novel The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang
November 2022; St. Martin's Press; 978-1250246912
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); fantasy

It's sad that Zadie was essentially shunted aside because she was already eighteen when Nora left, separating her from Finn. Of course, the girls would grow apart in five years, and it's a consequence of the foster care system. Following echoes of memory fragments left behind brings them together, but both still have their secrets they don't discuss: Zadie is pregnant and had watched her mother walk away the day she disappeared, and Finn’s foster parents offered to adopt her. Along the way they find people their mother met, including those with psychic abilities of different kinds.

This is a story about sisters rekindling a relationship as much as they're searching for their mother. Memories of the past that grew painful for Zadie are brought to light, especially when they offer clues to what their mother once felt was important. Throughout the novel we also see glimpses of Nora with the girls, and the gradual slips in her memory getting more intense. It's a fascinating story, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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