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5 Finalists in 5 Days: MFA Alum Mindy Mejia

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Former MFA student Mindy Mejia’s book Leave No Trace from Atria/Emily Bestler Books is nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of Genre Fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Apart from brief stops in Iowa City and Galway, Mindy has lived in the Twin Cities her entire
life and held a succession of jobs from an apple orchard laborer to a global credit manager.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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.


PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

"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




ABOUT THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that fosters our statewide literary arts community and connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota.

The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony each spring. Woven throughout the season are various engagement activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state.

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Congratulations, Mindy!