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We Are Called To Rise

Three lives are bound together by a split-second mistake, and a child’s fate hangs in the balance. Far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, lives are about to collide. A middle-aged woman attempting to revive her marriage. A returning soldier waking up in a hospital bed with no memory of how he got there. A very brave eight-year-old immigrant boy.

This is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It’s a story about America today, where so many cultures and points of view collide and coexist. Told in four pitch-perfect voices, Laura McBride’s deeply moving debut shows what happens when the protective borders of our lives are suddenly smashed and how ordinary strangers can rise to the extraordinary challenge of caring for each other.




For Book Clubs

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“It’s a truly American story, one of love and longing, both heartbreaking and hopeful, told in a chorus of unforgettable voices. . . a fabulous, deeply resonant novel.”

Sessalee Hensley and Miwa Messer, Barnes and Noble

“Hauntingly timely . . . pitch perfect . . . a plainspoken realism that beckons the reader along from page one . . . reminding us that courage and character are often writ large during the darkest of days.”



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