From Publishers Weekly
McMorris (The Pieces We Keep) subverts the rags-to-riches immigrant story in this breezy tale set between Ireland and Alcatraz. In the preface, we meet inmate 257 of Alcatraz before the story opens years earlier in Ireland when young Shanley Keagan, orphaned and scraping by with his drunken uncle, discovers he has an American father. They set off to find him, but Shan's uncle dies in transit, leaving Shan to fend for himself. Fortunately, the Capellos, an Italian family on the ship, take an interest, although the tradeoff is that Shan must give up his name and become a Capello. The story makes for compulsive reading as it jumps between Shan's youth and young adulthood, touching on such diverse underworlds as the Black Hand mafia, which Shan becomes entangled with when he joins the Capellos, and the Vaudeville life, which he aspires to join as a performer and comic. There is a lot to cover however, and at times Shan's character as presented to the reader â sensitive, loyal, and passiveâ contrasts rather unconvincingly with how others characters perceive him â tough and ruthless, but this is still an intricate and intriguing entry into the American immigrant canon. (Dec.)
"McMorris evokes such a strong sense of place that to open her books feels less like reading and more like traveling. Her absorbing new novel...[is] a transporting piece of historical fiction."
"The story makes for compulsive reading as it jumps between Shan's youth and young adulthood, touching on such diverse underworlds as the Black Hand mafia...and the vaudeville life. An intricate and intriguing entry into the American immigrant canon."
"Compelling, resonant and deeply moving, The Edge of Lost
is an absorbing tale of deceit and self-deception, survival and second chances, the ties that bind and the lure of the unknown."
-- Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
"The story will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end--and if you're like me, not even then. I absolutely love this book, and so will you."
-- Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
"Richly woven and absorbing... [a] compelling tale of survival and second chances, and of one immigrant's fantastic journey in the first decades of the 20th century."
"Beautifully written with mesmerizing details, this is one of those books that sticks with the reader... an absolute must-have."
-- VOYA Magazine
"A beautifully told story about a young man's journey through adversity and loss with an exhilarating ending that I couldn't put down."
-- Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect
"In terms of both the character and the era, McMorris took a chance, and she succeeded. And the careful plotting--another McMorris hallmark--pays off in an absorbing story."
-- Kitsap Sun
"The Edge of Lost is a thoroughly mesmerizing novel. I adore everything Kristina McMorris writes and this book is no exception."
-- Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Somewhere in France
"Grabs readers from the very start and doesn't let up until the dynamic conclusion. The Edge of Lost is another work of genius by the talented Kristina McMorris."
-- Fresh Fiction
"The Edge of Lost takes readers on an enthralling journey...right up to a tense, edge-of-your-seat ending that left me breathless. An absorbing, addictive read."
-- Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
"McMorris manages to pack this book with all the messiness and nuances of life. Her vivid descriptions and use of language make you feel like the 'fly on the wall'... I heartily recommend embarking on this journey."
-- The Daily Herald
"[A] gripping immigrant saga...it is also a portrait of America during a turbulent time and a quest that ends in triumph. Readers will be caught up in this well-told story."
-- RT Book Reviews
"In The Edge of Lost McMorris takes us on a thrilling ride... I found myself thoroughly immersed in her richly evocative settings, just as I was captivated by the pure humanity of her characters. This book is a wonderful read."
-- David R. Gillham, New York Times bestselling author of City of Women