UPCOMING RELEASE
october 2019

 
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The bright unknown

Two friends behind walls. A daunting escape. A harrowing journey in search of answers, a family, and a place to call home.

This poignant and heartbreaking journey, narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts’s gorgeous prose, explores what it means to strive, to discover, and to find a place to belong in a world of unexpected trouble and divine beauty.

 

By the 1940s, the only life Brighton Friedrich knows is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of Riverside Home—the asylum in rural Pennsylvania where she was born. A nurse, Joann, has educated and raised Brighton whose mother is a patient at the home, but Joann has also kept vital information from Brighton—secrets that would reveal information about Brighton’s past and the circumstances that confine her to Riverside. Brighton befriends a boy whom she calls Angel. And as they grow up and face the perilous future that awaits them within the asylum, they determine to make a daring escape.

Nothing can prepare Brighton and Angel for life beyond Riverside’s walls. They have no legal identities, very little money, and only a few leads toward a safe place to land. As they struggle to survive in a foreign world, they must rely upon each other and the kindness of strangers—some of whom see the vulnerability in these two friends and may prove more dangerous than the asylum from which they’ve fled.

This poignant and heartbreaking journey, narrated in Elizabeth Byler Younts’s gorgeous prose, explores what it means to strive, to discover, and to find a place to belong in a world of unexpected trouble and divine beauty.

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Elizabeth Byler Younts writes with heart, a poet’s pen, and courage. Younts has given us a story which is at once powerful and compassionate, revealing and dignified, heartrending and lyric. Compelling and infused with hope of redemption, The Bright Unknown ushers readers on a journey of empathy. I, for one, am grateful to have read it.
— Susie Finkbeiner, author of All Manner of Things
 

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