True Places is the first novel by Sonya Yoerg that I’ve encountered and I will certainly seek out more by this gifted writer! Yoerg presents us with an interesting question . . . and not the one you’ll likely find in the blurbs summarizing the book online (what would you do if you found a 16-year-old girl alone, gravely ill, emaciated, non-communicative and frightened on the side of the road?).
To begin, Yoerg deftly draws us into the world of Suzanne Blakemore – a highly driven, involved and capable suburban mother of two teens (difficult for different reasons) who is overcommitted, under-appreciated and forging full-steam ahead in a (self-induced) complicated and busy life that leaves her breathless yet unfulfilled at the same time. (“His wife accommodated everyone—the kids, him, her parents—keeping them together, keeping things running. Duty. Suzanne wore it like a cloak.”)