Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Keep your eyes open . . . your head down . . . and your love secret.
Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near future—a land that’s a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. To protect themselves, they’ve learned to work hard and, above all, keep their love hidden from the people who might use it against them. Then, just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in and begun saving money for the home they dream of near the coast, a horrible accident sends them on the run. With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way—and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
All the Wind in the World is a breathtaking tale of dread and danger, romance and redemption.
Samantha Mabry’s new book, Tigers, Not Daughters, is available now.
Posing as cousins, Sarah and James hide their true feelings to survive among the itinerant jimadors cutting maguey in New Mexico. An accident forces them to flee to a Texas ranch called the Real Marvelous, but their usual con job starts to backfire, as if the ghosts of their past are finally catching up to them. A vein of superstition courses through the tale, cut with stark realities, raw descriptions, and plenty of grit. Mabry (A Fierce and Subtle Poison) doesn't revel in the brutality and blood spilled, nor does she shy from their place in the reality of ranch life. The depth of Sarah's despair as she is broken by the desert and the weight of her losses her dead sister and James's love, among them is palpable in her narration, peeling back layers of her story through memories that shape her character and explain her relationships and reactions. But an abrupt twist of fate in the final pages leads too easily to a nearly happy ending, robbing the story of some of its magnitude. Ages 14 up. Agent: Claire Anderson-Wheeler, Regal Hoffmann & Associates.