The Congregation of Choke Berry Street
This is a story of light coming from dark, where two young women called Ashleigh and Lila have been kidnapped since they were twelve and thirteen, and are now roughly twenty-six years old. The pair discover that Lila is pregnant by their captor, and from there they must deal with the divide that has now been drawn between them, as well as the changing dynamic of Lila with their kidnapper, who is now--for better or worse--the father of a child who will presumably be raised in captivity as well. It is a story at its core about the cycle of renewal that occurs within every aspect of life.
The story is also told through the perspective of Nadia, Kade's third victim. Her story is that of survival and what it means to persevere--how there is no right or wrong way to do so in a situation like theirs. Nadia is a very young, resilient human being. She deals with identifying with her captor, as well as the unfathomable trials of living in near complete isolation in a small bedroom, with her only human contact being that of her captor. As Nadia deals with changes in her captor, changes in herself, and changes in the world around her, she begins to question whether or not she believes there is even a life for her to return to. Lila's pregnancy veers the course of everyone in 9012 Choke Berry Street, even as Nadia has no idea of Ash or Lila's existence, nor them to her.
*Winner of the WD Awards 2016*
*Winner of the Summer Sun Awards*
*Winner of the Le Book Awards*
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