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Vera grows up in a small town, removed and isolated, pressed up against the mountains, cloud-covered and damp year-round. This town faces a singular affliction: some mothers vanish, disappearing into the clouds. It is the exquisite pain and intrinsic beauty of their lives; it sets them apart from people elsewhere and gives them meaning. Vera, a young girl when her own mother went, is on the cusp of adulthood herself. As her peers begin to marry and become mothers, they speculate about who might be the first to go, each wondering about her own fate. When motherhood comes for Vera, she is faced with the question: will she be able to stay and mother her beloved child, or will she disappear?

by Alexis Schaitkin

  • Publication Date: June 28, 2022
  • Genres: Dystopian, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Celadon Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250219639
  • ISBN-13: 9781250219633