Judged to be in the top 400 novels in the Amazon 2013 Breakthrough General Fiction Award category.
Jillian Gerritt sits hunched in the corner of a tent, a sleeping bag wrapped around her shoulders, and waits for the storm to pass. Three days and two nights she has spent on the hill, haunted with regret, grieving for the calves she failed to rescue.
Everyone in Dutch Glen knows the Gerritts. Alec, thirty-two, a man grounded by numbers and routines; his wife, Jillian, who set aside her dream of becoming a chef for a life she believed would be as thrilling as watching a romantic horror movie in the dark, but with the sound on mute; and daughter Deanna, the natural athlete, who by all accounts would join Oregon’s running elite until the future she imagined comes to a painful and surprising end, one that neither her parents, nor her coach, can undo.
From Any Window is an unforgettable chorus of voices trying to make sense of what to keep, and what to let go. For years, the Gerritts have taken pride in their fine Holsteins and well-tended fields, yet living in the shadow of Portland’s sprawl, they are, by their own admission, an endangered species. Set in lush Willamette Valley, the scenery as idyllic as a carton of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, the novel opens in the hours after a tragic barn fire, and closes twelve years later in a converted cow pasture. In between, capricious turns of fate prevail as the
Gerritts contend with betrayal, misplaced loyalties, and death.