The Same Sun: "The Boundaries Are Not Always Clear Where One Life Fits Into Another . . ."

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"I put the pages back inside and laid the folder next to me. I stared at it. It had become a kind of living thing, like a cocoon or a bird's egg or a womb, vulnerable in my careless hands. I couldn't throw it away. I had peered into its secrets and felt obligated, in some perverse way, to find answers." --from Chapter One, The Same Sun

Emma Merchant delivers an engaging, multi-layered story--a detour that rides a thin line between creative non-fiction and what we comfortably know as contemporary fiction. Be prepared for an original and surprising view inside someone else's secrets, because that's exactly where The Same Sun takes you.

Nate moves into an apartment where she finds an unexpected extra, an abandoned desk holding pages of hidden email. Despite the murmurs of her conscience, she is pulled into the intimate and human fabric of Jana and Ethan's letters as they strive to reclaim their relationship and heal a tragic wound from the past--their loss of a child in a coercive adoption twenty years earlier.

With humor and poignant hope, Jana and Ethan rely on each other's words to bridge the distance and circumstances that separate them, while their lives begin a parallel course into unexpected change. Through their journey, Nate discovers a compelling answer to her own past, and learns how the heart reconciles the unkindness of fate--and that the boundaries are not always clear where one life fits into another.

The Same Sun was released on March 1, 2005 as a 5.5 x 8.5 trade softcover (ISBN 1933037555), 252 pages, from Heliographica Press in San Francisco; Baker & Taylor, Ingram distribution.

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