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What Tears Us Apart

Deborah Cloyed


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Love lives in the most dangerous places of the heart

The real world. That's what Leda desperately seeks when she flees her life of privilege to travel to Kenya. She finds it at a boys'orphanage in the slums of Nairobi. What she doesn't expect is to fall for Ita, the charismatic and thoughtful man who gave up his dreams to offer children a haven in the midst of turmoil.

Their love should be enough for one another-it embodies the soul-deep connection both have always craved. But it is threatened by Ita's troubled childhood friend, Chege, a gang leader with whom he shares a complex history. As political unrest reaches a boiling point and the slum erupts in violence, Leda is attacked...and forced to put her trust in Chege, the one person who otherwise inspires anything but.

In the aftermath of Leda's rescue, disturbing secrets are exposed, and Leda, Ita and Chege are each left grappling with their own regret and confusion. Their worlds upturned, they must now face the reality that sometimes the most treacherous threat is not the world outside, but the demons within.

Praise For What Tears Us Apart

"A surprising and ambitious debut novel that subverts expectations, ingeniously turning a resonant story of friendships rocked by a tragic accident into an even-more-resonant meditation on alternate realities and the nature of death."-The Huffington Post on The Summer We Came to Life

"Featuring drama, family secrets, and friendship...[a] multilayered debut."-Library Journal on The Summer We Came to Life

"Cloyed's writing is as unique and stunning as the story she tells."-bestselling author Diane Chamberlain on The Summer We Came to Life

"Inspirational...a worthy read."-RT BookReviews on The Summer We Came to Life

"Moving and heartwarming...a great choice for summertime reading."-Las Vegas Review-Journal on The Summer We Came to Life

Harlequin Mira, 9780778313793, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2013

About the Author

Deborah Cloyed lives in Los Angeles, in Humphrey Bogart's old room with a view. As a photographer, travel writer, or curious nomad, she's previously resided in London, Barcelona, Thailand, Honduras, Kenya, and New York City. She's traveled to twenty other countries besides, several as a contestant with her childhood best friend on CBS' The Amazing Race. She runs a photography school for kids and is happily at work on her next book.