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Erica C. Witsell

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Gold Medal Winner:
Literary Fiction
Gold Medal Winner:
General Fiction
"Give is a striking, often unflinching, depiction of a doomed marriage and its enduring consequences. Erica Witsell is a very talented writer and her debut should garner a wide and appreciative audience."
Ron Rash
Bestselling author of Serena and Behind the Waterfall
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About The Author

Erica Witsell has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s from UC Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in The Sun Magazine and Brain, Child. Give is her debut novel.

Erica lives in western North Carolina with her family, where she teaches English as a new language and writes a blog about motherhood. She loves mountains, languages, bicycling, and dance, and her favorite time of day is “book time,” when she piles on the couch with her three kids to read.                  

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Every summer, Jessie and Emma leave their suburban home and fly north, to Baymont. Nestled among Mendocino’s golden hills, with ponies to love and endless acres to explore, Baymont should be a child’s paradise. But Baymont belongs to Laurel, the girls’ birth mother, whose heedless parenting and tainted judgement cast a long shadow over the sisters’ summers—and their lives.


Caught in a web of allegiances, the girls learn again and again that every loyalty has its price, and that even forgiveness can take unexpected turns. Years later, when her mother asks her older daughter for the ultimate gift, Jessie must decide just how much to give in the name of love.


Lyrical and poignant, Give is the story of one family’s troubled quest to redeem the mistakes of the past, and a testament to the bonds of sisterhood.

A fractured family leaves two sisters struggling for belonging. 

One gift could change everything. 

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