"Steve Yarbrough’s new novel, Stay Gone Days, is to my mind, his best yet. It is rare to find a novel that does so much so brilliantly. The story of two sisters, Ella and Caroline Cole, spans forty years and moves from their teenage years in the Mississippi Delta to Ella’s life in Boston and Caroline’s travels to California, Virginia, and eventually Krakow. Beautifully complex, with the stunning evocations of place we expect from Yarbrough, it always keeps the intimate telling of their lives and their estrangement at its heart. Late in the novel, when Ella walks into a bookstore (this bookstore!) and discovers Caroline’s novel about estranged sisters, the story moves to its conclusion that left me, to borrow Julia Glass’ perfect description, 'with tears in my eyes and wonder in my heart.'"
After a childhood in Mississippi marred by a horrific family scandal, teenage sisters Ella and Caroline Cole escape their hometown, losing all connection to each other. While Ella finds stable domesticity in Boston, Caroline travels the world, from California to Poland, fleeing regrets and a man intent on violence. Despite the decades apart, each sister is never far from the other’s thoughts. Then, one day, Ella walks into a bookstore and sees a novel called Stay Gone Days. Will this novel, a heartbreaking tale of estranged sisters, help Ella and Caroline find each other and start down the hard road of reconciliation and forgiveness?