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Wawona Hotel by Matthew McKay

Wawona Hotel by Matthew McKay

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In 1969, near a Sierra resort set amid the inspiring and intimidating forests above Yosemite Valley, a woman's car is hit broadside. Her five-year-old daughter, Annie, walks away unscratched, but Danielle McAllister sustains a serious head injury. When she awakens from a three-week coma, Danielle slowly realizes that she has new awareness--the disturbing ability to read the emotions and motives of others with perfect clarity.

But this strange gift has a price. Danielle's husband, James, feels shame as he discovers her capacity to know his intentions. Danielle recognizes, for the first time, core traits of cruelty and selfishness in the man. The marriage goes through a series of jolting revelations while James copes with his transparency.

As her marriage falls apart, Danielle forms a relationship of great delicacy and caution with a young man named Harper. Part protectiveness and part suppressed desire, their connection deepens while Harper is exhilarated by the same transparency that James finds so shameful.

James now becomes unstable and, as his life descends into chaos, menacing. The extreme measures James takes to reassert control over his family narrow his options to one tragic course of events.

This psychological thriller is powered by a profound and disturbing mystery: what happens inside a person who is completely seen and known, yet not accepted? Wawona Hotel is a searing look a that question, a book, both lyrical and wise, that pushes to the core of the human need to be loved.