The startling, universally acclaimed breakthrough YA novel from master bestselling author Alice Hoffman, now in paperback.
Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she'd once been as she inks darkness into her skin. She struggles with fear, hunger, loneliness, and depression until a dog, a hawk, some sparrows, an old neighbor woman, and a boy named Diamond give her renewed purpose for her life. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.