Marty Jorgenson has the picturesque storybook life people dream about. He is a professor of history in a small, idyllic college town. He has a loving wife and a very special daughter. But something is terribly wrong. He suffers from an inexplicable sadness—a confounding depression that is driving a wedge between him and his beautiful wife.Following his wife’s unusual death, and compounded by pressure from the university to finish his book, Marty falls further into an emotional abyss.
But there is one person who can save him: his whip-smart child, Jessie. With his daughter’s unfailing guidance and faith—and the help of an old friend and a mysterious black man—Marty embarks on a fantastical journey of healing and rebirth. And it starts by finding a little girl he had befriended when he was nine years old. She is a girl who haunts his dreams—a traumatized child who witnessed the murder of her parents at the hands of a brutal monster.Helm Matthews pens an elaborate, beautifully written tale of self-discovery,filled with unexpected twists and turns.
He deftly infuses humor and whimsy into a story of tragedy and rebirth. Breathtaking in scope, Lilac will linger with you long after finish it.