Terri Giuliano Long’s debut novel bodes well for her future as a writer. In Leah’s Wake is a well-crafted tale told by characters with distinct voices. As the Tyler family members find life falling apart, you can see all the places where a different decision could have changed the trajectory, if only the characters could step outside their own head and see the big picture.
As a Massachusetts native, I recognized her fictional Cortland right away — she grounds her world with so many realistic details that I found myself trying to picture where it was on the map. Those same details make her characters breathe and her words sing on the page. In Leah’s Wake has a fast-paced plot that won’t let you put it down, yet the depth of character and voice to rival any literary novel out there. The combination of the two makes for an unforgettable read. I’ve already recommended this to several friends, and I’m looking forward to having time to re-read it.