Title: THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN
Author: Louise Caiola
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s in the garden of an old palace in Italy and everyone is calling her Ana. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory. All at once she’s living with an attractive, young Italian man named Tommy who is asking for her continued love. Though he appears vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new life 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.
With bits and pieces of her world strewn across two continents, Ann Leigh must try and collect them all 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.
Think Wizard of Oz meets Under the Tuscan Sun. 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.