Sarah Stonich / Shelter
"Perfect" turns out to be roadless, raw wilderness near where her immigrant grandparents settled a century before and where the family name is now a postscript. Stonich recalls stories of her relatives, meets admirable and remarkable characters in the community, considers another go at love, and, finally, builds a small cabin. But when "progress" threatens to slice her precious patch of land in half, she must come to terms with the fact that a family legacy is no less valuable with or without a piece of earth.
"How do we value the land? Through the story of her tiny cabin in the woods, Sarah Stonich suggests that the truest sense of place may be found not on the ground but in our hearts." --Michael Perry, author of Population: 485, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg