I don't want to make her mistakes. I want to make my own.
Ten years ago, Cat's volatile mother, Mary, left her at her grandmother's house with nothing but a deck of tarot cards. But after her grandmother dies, Cat is forced to move in with Mary in New Orleans. When she discovers a picture of Mary holding a baby that's not her, she unravels a dark family history and questions her belief that Mary's mental health issues are the root of all their problems.
But as Cat explores the reasons for her mother's breakdown, she fears she is experiencing her own. Ever since she arrived in New Orleans, she's been haunted by strangely familiar visitors who know more than they should.
Unsure if she can rebuild her relationship with her mother, Cat is realizing she must confront her past, her future, and herself in the fight to try.
Albert Whitman & Company
March 2, 2021
Death + grief, mental illness (bipolar disorder--mania + depression), suicide, child loss, stillbirth, the discussion of rape and sexual abuse, sexual content, language.
"A mixture of gritty realism and fantasy...Morgyn creates an atmospheric narrative that tackles some facets of mental illness and how some youths end up taking a parental role in their relationship with a mother or father. This magical realism story would be a good addition to larger collections and might prove welcome to those who do not have traditional households."
–School Library Journal (click to read full review)
"The discoveries are well paced, the setting enchanting. An enthralling dive into trauma, mental health, and mother-daughter relationships."
–Kirkus Reviews (click to read full review)
"Polished prose conjures vivid pictures...and Morgyn handles difficult topics skillfully, landing somewhere between Laurie Halse Anderson and Brenna Yovanoff on a realism-to-supernatural trauma scale."
–The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended
August 1st, 2019: Excerpt featured in the Aug/Sept issue of Shelf Unbound: Fierce Female as a "recommended read".
July 12th, 2019: Author interview on JeanBookNerd.