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Sibylline Press
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5.32 X 8.47 X 0.67 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Suzy Vitello writes and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and her dog and occasionally one or more of their five kids. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant. Her previous novels include Faultland, The Moment Before and the YA Empress Chronicles series.


"In Vitello's novel, a young widow grapples with an attack on her family. Hazel finds herself at the center of a trial that unleashes a flood of racism and resentment against her family that has been building for generations. Vitello's crystalline prose elegantly captures the numbing grief that grips Hazel for much of the novel... memorable characters nimbly embody the larger cultural forces at war in contemporary America...A gripping and emotionally intelligent tale of resentment and loss." -Kirkus Reviews

"Deceptively easy to read, this book strikes at the heart of loss, and the alchemy of change. Suzy Vitello is a gifted writer with a deep understanding of people and places. BITTERROOT is an exceptional novel by a great talent." --Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder and Sleeping Giants

"A deep and unforgiving look into many difficult and timely issues, ranging from same sex marriage and reproductive rights to grief and bigotry. Vitello depicts nuanced human relationships with grace, dignity, and beautiful turns of phrase. The plot will rope you right in with a cadence that's accessible and engaging throughout. Don't be surprised if the book keeps you up late into the night. This is one you won't want to miss!" --Jacqueline Friedland, USA Today bestselling author of He Gets That From Me

"As a plot person, I could not put this book down. Talk about one surprise/revelation/unexpected turn after another. Never mind that the sex scenes were deliciously inventive. I loved the unlikely hero, Hazel, a benign name, but she draws dead and maimed bodies for a living, as the only forensic artist in the Silver Valley. 'When our father died...yellowed with cirrhosis...I chose watercolor.' Through a rollercoaster-from-hell life, and against all odds, she rises to the challenges of a family full of faults. One of the last lines: 'May we bloom where we're planted.' That's Hazel." --Jan Baross, author, Bye-Bye Bakersfield