Above

By Isla Morley
(Gallery Books, Hardcover, 9781476731520, 372pp.)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

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I am a secret no one is able to tell.
Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban-doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in--the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Deter-mined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give mean-ing to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promis-ing and devastating. As Blythe's dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice--between survival and freedom.
Above is a riveting tale of resilience in which "stunning" ("Daily Beast") new literary voice Isla Morley compels us to imagine what we would do if everything we had ever known was taken away. Like the bestselling authors of "Room" and "The Lovely Bones" before her, Morley explores the unthinkable with haunting detail and tenderly depicts our boundless capacity for hope.



About the Author
ISLA MORLEY grew up in South Africa during apartheid. During the country's State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but she left career, country, and kin when she married an American and moved to the United States. For more than a decade she pursued a career in nonprofit work, focusing on the needs of women and children. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, their daughter, two cats, a dog, and a tortoise.
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