"Thoroughly surprising . . . The Sisters Chase is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares." -- New York Times
"Mary is a wonderful creation . . . A modern picaresque novel that surprises and delights." -- Toronto Star
The hardscrabble Chase women--Mary, Hannah, and their mother, Diane--have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister, Hannah, whom Mary affectionately calls Bunny, is imaginative, her head full of the stories Mary tells to give her a safe emotional place in the middle of their troubled world.
When Diane dies in a car accident, Mary discovers that the motel is worth less than the back taxes they owe, and her finely tuned instincts for survival kick in. As the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life, she will stop at nothing to protect Hannah. But Mary wants to protect herself, too, for the secrets she promised she would never tell--but now may be forced to reveal--hold the weight of unbearable loss. "Captivating" (Publishers Weekly) and suspenseful, The Sisters Chase is a "striking, heartbreaking story about love, motherhood, and family, with a powerful and elusive protagonist at its heart" (Library Journal).