Orphan Black meets Fringe in a story that reminds us that living our best life sometimes means embracing the imperfect one we already have.
"…a beautiful debut about the people we aren’t and the paths we don’t pursue." —The New York Times Book Review
New York Times Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2022
A Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
Abandoned as an infant on the local veterinarians' front porch, Pepper Rafferty was raised by two loving mothers, and now, at thirty-six is married to the stable, supportive Ike. She’s never told anyone that at fifteen she discovered the identity of her biological mother.
That’s because her birth mother is Ula Frost, a reclusive painter famous for the outrageous claims that her portraits summon their subjects’ doppelgängers from parallel universes.
Researching the rumors, Pepper couldn’t help but wonder: Is there a parallel universe in which Ula decided she was worth keeping? A universe in which Ula’s rejection didn’t still hurt too much to share? A universe in which she is more confident, more accomplished, better able to accept love?