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New Novel from MFA Alum Mindy Mejia

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Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia (MFA ‘09)
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
September 2018

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There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later...the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life.

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.


"Mejia's thrilling tale works both as an engaging mystery and a haunting meditation on grief, abandonment, and the lost places within ourselves. Brutal, devastating, and utterly riveting."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The author uses Lake Superior's violent storms and the Boundary Waters' forbidding wilderness to intensify the story's emotional impact and heighten its exploration into the unpredictability of half-buried secrets."
– Booklist (starred review)

"Atmospheric . . . arresting."
– Publishers Weekly

"Mejia’s writing crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence."
New York Journal of Books

“With intensely complicated characters, a fast-paced plot, lots of twists and turns, and an impeccable ending, LEAVE NO TRACE is the type of book one finishes in one sitting, preferably with rain pattering on the window and a cup of coffee in hand.”
Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Star Tribune review of Leave No Trace


Book Launch for “Leave No Trace” at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 PM
Where:Once Upon A Crime
             604 W. 26th St.
             Minneapolis, MN 55405

Mindy Mejia will be back to launch her second mystery novel after the success of “Everything You Want Me To Be.” A Boundary Waters cold case gets reopened when a presumed dead man is found ransacking an outfitter store. This is a seated event. Doors open at 6:30.

Reading at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM
Where:Magers & Quinn Booksellers
             3038 Hennepin Ave.
             Minneapolis, MN 55408

Visit the Facebook event page here.

Congratulations, Mindy!