The Names We Take
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The Names We Take

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Never leave someone behind: it's a promise easier made than kept, especially when seventeen-year-old Pip takes the headstrong twelve-year-old Iris under her protection in the wake of an earth-shattering plague. After an unspeakable tragedy, the duo must negotiate the complexities of their own identities amid the nearly unrecognizable remains of Spokane, Washington. When they're captured by a violent gang, Pip and Iris meet Fly, a stubborn and courageous older girl. When their captors exchange them for supplies at Thistle Hill Orchard, an idyllic farm turned commune, it seems that the girls' luck has finally changed for the better. But the proselytizing of Veronica, Thistle Hill's leader, and the looming presence of her right-hand man, Granville--who is more snake than cowboy--make the trio's circumstances more perilous.



As Pip, Iris, and Fly weigh the precariousness of their lives at Thistle Hill against the uncertainty of life on the outside, they simultaneously grapple with the secrets that make their situation all the more tenuous. Pip's vow to never leave someone behind may have made survival more difficult for her, but this promise could also be the key to finding meaning in the ashes of what came before.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • Portland, United States
  • English
  • 1947845160
  • 9781947845169

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Unrelentingly fierce. Kerr's novel is a gut punch in all the best ways. I ached for Pip, a girl desperate to live as herself in a ravaged, unforgiving city. Her quest for safety and belonging may be set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it's 100% relatable. Forced to choose between identity and survival, love and friendship, Pip--like all of us--must decide when to fight for herself and when to stand up for someone else. Devastating and hopeful, Pip's urgency pulses off the page.

--Meagan Macvie, The Ocean in My Ears
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