We’re so excited to reveal the cover for A Beautiful Land by Susan Beth Miller.
A Beautiful Land is a story of menace, the maternal imagination, and the forest primeval.
Raissa, middle daughter of three, watches her family flee their violence-torn homeland. But she stays behind, bound to her birthplace by memories of a sweet young man.
Driven by danger and grief, Raissa struggles toward a mysterious forest and imagines solace through the unexpected allure of a child.
Raissa joins others who have fled their beautiful land. Each speaks in turn as they parse their tangled stories and consider whether they dare return to what once was home.
Every genocide is unique, and yet the suffering and endurance of the survivors of each such outbreak of madness transcends both time and place. In A Beautiful Land, Susan Miller has rendered with exquisite compassion the struggles of those who have been exiled from their homes by the unspeakable violence of their former neighbors. Detail by detail, she follows their journeys as they attempt to carry on, to continue breathing, to continue loving, to comprehend what they have been through, to find a new home and perhaps even return to the old one. These characters and their stories are unforgettable.
–Eileen Pollack, author of The Professor of Immortality and Breaking and Entering
Throughout, Miller’s prose is crisp and powerful, with evocative imagery and metaphors that are often stunning. As she develops her expertly crafted characters, she beautifully and compellingly considers pressing human questions regarding evil, motherhood, and the possibility of redemption. A striking, searing work that will linger long in readers’ memories.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review), Best Indie Fiction List