EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING BOOK. INCLUDES CHAPTERS 1 AND 2.
In a working-class town, the abuse of a young girl is hushed up by a community more interested in civility than justice. Twenty years later, a series of obscene texts revives that old injustice and ten seemingly unconnected lives are pulled into an intricate and dangerous swerve toward tragedy.
This heart-stopping tale unfolds at the pace of a thriller, but its exquisite tension is generated by the precision of its character portraits. It is, without a doubt, a page-turner, but it is also a profound look at human fragility, the momentum of evil, and the bravery required for kindness. This book is both unusually kind and unusually brave.
It is also an unusually good read, marrying the depth and beauty of literary fiction to the adrenaline rush of a thriller. Currently being serialized on Rooster: www.readrooster.com
Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story. Her work has been read on National Public Radio and has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Ploughshares, Tin House, Zoetrope, Bomb, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She’s a graduate of Princeton University, holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University, and has been a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and of the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as a writer-in-residence at Stanford University. She lives outside Boston, where she teaches fiction in Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. I Was Here is her first novella.