"It was Indiana, it was the dirt she had bloomed up out of, it was who she was, what she felt, how she thought, what she knew." When her aunt dies, Zorrie Underwood is cast off into rural, Depression-era Indiana. Drifting west, Zorrie survives on odd jobs, sleeping in barns until she finds a position at a radium processing plant. But in this National Book Award finalist, when Indiana calls Zorrie home, she finally finds the love and community that have eluded her in the small town of Hillisburg. And yet, even as she tries to build a new life, Zorrie discovers that her trials have only begun.
"Through an ordinary life of hard work and simple pleasures, Zorrie comes to learn the real wonder is life itself. A quiet, beautifully done, and memorable novel."—Library Journal (starred review)