Alma’s anxiety and depression were bad enough, even before she fell into an alternate dimension with her little brother Waylon, a four-year-old who has autism.
Between the mutants that want to abduct them and the sentient plants that want to harvest their genetic material, it isn’t so much a question of how they’re getting home, it’s more about if they’re going to survive.
Things start looking up when they meet Sasha, a clockwork android with super-strength, who says her guardian may have a way to get them home. But when they discover Sasha’s unfortunate tendency to break down at the worst possible moments, the burden falls on Alma’s shoulders once more.
It doesn’t help that she has no idea where she’s going, or that Waylon’s condition is deteriorating under the strain. If she hopes to hold it together long enough to get them home before she falls apart completely, she’ll have to wrench control of a life that always seems to sweep along without her input.
About the Author
Vanessa Grossmann is an author and illustrator living in northern Arizona with her husband and daughter, several ill-behaved dogs and two ancient cats. An unrepentant introvert, she writes surrounded by a bewildering jumble of antiques, art and far more books than her shelves can handle.
With a master’s degree in psychology, she writes about mental health recovery, surviving trauma and finding self-acceptance. Her characters work to take back control of their destinies and usually discover found family in the process.
The Underwest is her first novel, set in a world of mutants and sentient plants, where science fiction blurs with fantasy and a home is found for weirdos and misfits of all descriptions.
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