Title: Sanctuary Line
Author: Jane Urquhart
Liz Crane has moved into her family's now-deserted farmhouse, in which she has spent almost every summer of her life. Here, she is close to the sanctuary where she studies the migratory patterns and survival techniques of the Monarch butterfly. Casting a shadow over her life is the recent death of her cousin, Amanda Butler, a gifted military strategist killed in Afghanistan, and the disappearance many years earlier of Amanda's father, an irrepressible chronicler of the Butler family lore and a charismatic authority figure.
Surrounded by the relics of her family and memories of the past, Liz, a storyteller in her own right, reveals the layered and intriguing history of the eccentric Butler clan. We also learn of the seasonal workers imported from Mexico each summer to tend and harvest the fruit on the farm, and of a young boy, Teo, alone in his apartness; of Amanda's desperate love affair with a man, which almost threatens to take her off course; of a deeply buried family secret and the tragic events that ultimately altered all their futures.
Eloquent, riveting, and powerful, Sanctuary Line brings to vivid life what in our lives makes us who we are and illuminates the sometimes difficult path to understanding and forgiveness.