The Precious One

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The Precious One

By Marisa De Los Santos

William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061670916, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2015


With warmth, humor, and a light, sure touch, Marisa de los Santos tells a big-hearted story. Christina Baker Kline, author of the New York Times bestseller Orphan Train

In all her life, Eustacia Taisy Cleary has given her heart to only three men: her first love, Ben Ransom; her twin brother, Marcus; and Wilson Cleary professor, inventor, philanderer, self-made millionaire, brilliant man, breathtaking jerk her father.

Seventeen years ago, Wilson ditched his first family for Caroline, a beautiful young sculptor. In all that time, Taisy's family has seen Wilson, Caroline, and their daughter, Willow, only once.

Why then, is Wilson calling Taisy now, inviting her for an extended visit, encouraging her to meet her pretty sister a teenager who views her with jealousy, mistrust, and grudging admiration? Why, now, does Wilson want Taisy to help him write his memoir?

Told in alternating voices Taisy's strong, unsparing observations and Willow's naive, heartbreakingly earnest yearnings The Precious One is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos's beloved works.

Exceptionally well crafted. Publishers Weekly.