Hold Still

Maya and her daughter Ellie must rebuild a relationship after a catastrophic accident.

By Lynn Steger Strong Read by Andi Arndt Fiction / Literary English, Unabridged 7h 27m Sell Sheet Also available on
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When Maya Taylor, an English professor with a tendency to hide in her books,  sends her daughter to Florida to look after a friend's child, she does so with  the best of intentions; it's a chance for Ellie, twenty and spiraling, to  rebuild her life. But Ellie fears she'll only disappoint again, and in the  sprawling hours of one humid afternoon, she makes a mistake that she can't take  back. In two separate timelines-before and after the catastrophe-Maya and Ellie  must try to repair their fractured relationship and find a way to transcend not  only their differences but also their more troubling similarities. Heralding  the arrival of a profoundly moving new talent, Hold Still explores the depths  and limits of a mother's love.

Lynn Steger Strong has a great eye for the visible world, a near perfect sensor for those of us living in it, and a deep compassion and curiosity for how we go astray and find ourselves again. - Richard Ford

What keeps the pages turning is the desperate, botched attempts at familial love between family members, none of whom seem to know quite what they want, bringing to mind the Tolstoy quote, ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Here, the mercurial rendering of this particular unhappy family makes it a heart-wrenching read in its very own way. - Publishers Weekly

Strong has produced a family saga both familiar and strange, told in kaleidoscopic detail, dancing back and forth in time, balletically slow yet always knife tight, philosophical, interrogative and smart. I read with my heart in my throat. - Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona del Mar

A tragedy lurks at the heart of Lynn Steger Strong's achingly sad, achingly beautiful debut novel. How do you forgive your child after she does the unthinkable? How can you not? Hold Still quietly builds to a perfect crescendo, an ending that is both surprising and true. - Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

“The mother-daughter relationship in this debut novel will tie your heart in all kinds of knots. When a mother's good intentions go catastrophically wrong, she and her daughter must find a way to mend their fractured relationship. Pushed forward by its amazingly crafted characters, you're going to hold on tightly to Hold Still.” - The Bustle