"Shattering and brilliant, this marks the debut of an astonishing talent.

-New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt


“A fascinating look at a unique and fractured parent-child relationship…engaging and tense.”

Kirkus Reviews

"Mesmerizing and quietly revealing, Sorell's memorable novel expertly weaves Elsie's search for answers about her origins with her own journey of healing." 

Publishers Weekly


The Wise Women


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Best for Bookclubs Selection

"Best Books of 2017 So Far"

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Good Housekeeping

Foreword Reviews Favorite 2017

Foreword Reviews

"A felicitous find."

Library Journal

Best Books Gift Guide

Self Magazine

"Sorell covers a lot of ground — physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically — and deftly weaves it all into a complex plot."

The Toronto Star

"Sorell reveals herself as an author to watch" "Ultimately, the sinister romance here, combined with an unflinching exploration of what can contribute to a mental breakdown, left me wanting to read whatever Sorell writes next."

The Globe and Mail