The Making of Nebraska Brown
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory. All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry.
Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough
without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family–each claiming to be part of who she once was–a girl and a past somehow discarded.
Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.
The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.
The Making of Nebraska Brown, by Louise Caiola
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Masterfully written and wonderfully descriptive, The Making of Nebraska Brown takes us from Nebraska to Italy and beyond. This is Ann Leigh’s journey to finding herself. And as she fits together the pieces of her fragmented past, so does the reader. As the story progresses, questions become louder and we are drawn in more.
Haunting, lyrical, and heartfelt, it covers the full spectrum of human emotions as Ana Lisa struggles to understand where she came from and who she really is. With the quintessential Italian boyfriend, she’s thousands of miles from her family, finally realizing that part of her life is missing. She must struggle to mend her mind on her own, unsure of anything in her past or her present. But is she Ann Leigh or Ana Lisa, as the Italians call her? Her life is a mystery she must unravel.
Louise Caiola’s deep, complex novel stays with you, and I found myself thinking about the characters and their plights almost as if they were real. It’s also the kind of book which can be read again immediately and seen in a different light.