“A gorgeously-written hypnotic novel with a beautifully messy cast of characters and an unlikely love story. Greenwood is an enormously talented writer, whose stunning prose and uniquely gritty and sympathetic characters completely captivated me. I could not put this book down.”—Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter
Zhorzha Trego, called Zee, is living on the edge of the Kansas plains. A motorcycle accident has left her with chronic pain from a shattered hip, and her dead-end waitressing gig doesn’t begin to cover her bills and those of her sister LaReigne. To make ends meet, she’s been making illegal runs to Colorado by train to smuggle in weed. In fact, Zee’s on a late-night train heading home with her young nephew, Marcus, in tow, when LeReigne disappears.
A volunteer at the penitentiary, LaReigne appears to have been taken hostage during a prison break by two white supremacist inmates. When Zee makes it home—with a felony-level stash of weed in her possession—she
discovers the cops waiting outside, so she heads to her mother’s house. There, local news vans and dozens of reporters lurk in the cul-de-sac where her reclusive, hoarder mother lives. More than anything, Zee needs a knight in shining armor to rescue her from this mess.
And she has one. His name is Gentry Frank—a young man she met at physical therapy who speaks in medieval cadences and calls Zee “Lady Zhorzha.” The voices in Gentry’s head have told him that he must be Lady Zhorzha’s champion, and for the last two years he has lurked on the periphery of her life, in case he’s ever needed. Now, with little choice but to put her fate in this benign “stalker’s” hands, Zee accepts the odd young man’s help. As events spiral further out of control, with LaReigne suspected as a possible accomplice in the jailbreak and Zee doing her best to hold it together for Marcus and her invalid mother, Gentry proves himself as her only hope. The bonds they form could break through not only the real suit of armor that Gentry sometimes dons, but the emotional one that Zee has grown accustomed to wearing
Bryn Greenwood is a fourth-generation Kansan, one of seven sisters, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned a MA in Creative Writing from Kansas State University and is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.