When a Washington, D.C., executive hears her grandfather has disappeared in South Dakota, she hops on a plane, risking her relationship and her job, only to discover it was a ruse—but now he's disappeared for real.
Mark and Janelle are the perfect African-American Washington couple: "They looked good together; she looked like the black Ann Coulter next to his black Tucker Carlson." But on the night of the housewarming party for the new place they've just bought together, she receives a mysterious phone call from a woman she doesn’t know telling her that her grandfather has “gone missing in Mammoth Falls.” Frightened and distracted, she barely registers that Mark is proposing to her, and when she gets on a plane to South Dakota, Mark is disapproving rather than supportive. After she lands, she learns that Pops’ girlfriend, Connie, made the call at his request to lure Janelle away from Mark, since Pops doesn’t think he’s worthy of her. But now that she’s in town, no one knows what’s happened to him and whether he’s in trouble or hiding out to keep Janelle around. Yet as the days tick by, past and present wounds and tensions rise up—for Janelle and in the town—and as she tries to juggle her job and her relationship from a distance, she begins to question what truly matters, especially when she must confront an unexpected attraction to the local blond, blue-eyed police chief. Deftly drawn characters populate a quirky town and enhance an already creative, engaging plot.
A touching, nuanced, adult coming-of-age novel that includes an interracial romance and keen studies of guilt, bias, and small-town America.