When Anna's mother and father are attacked by a black bear on the family camping trip, the 5-year-old girl and her baby sister hide in a metal cooler. They emerge a day or two later—safe, but alone in the wilderness.
“And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold.” This book changed the way I view my life.