"From her birth, Abisina has been an outcast—for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother’s status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina’s life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies." (publisher's blurb)I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but as it is the first novel by a former student of Liz Whaley (of WaterStreet Books fame) and has received excellent reviews I thought it deserved some attention. Ellen Jensen Abbott, who grew up in New Hampshire, will be at Water Street Bookstore on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1pm for a meet-and-greet event.