Orphaned at age eight, JoAnna Wilson was raised by her eccentric aunt in the bucolic southern community of Mt. Moriah. Now a twenty-six-year old would-be writer, JoAnna faces several crossroads: in her marriage, in her career, and in her faith. She left home for Chicago in 1997 immediately following the murder of her best friend, Grace. Now she comes back to Mt. Moriah for the first time in four years to attend her aunt’s funeral—and realizes that she must confront both the profound sorrow she feels over Grace’s death and the mysterious guilt she carries. She must finally grieve.
A hauntingly sweet story of love and loss that alternates between JoAnna’s childhood in Mt. Moriah, her life in Chicago and her present encounters upon returning home, Mt. Moriah’s Wake ponders deep questions: When we experience unspeakable tragedy, do we see ourselves as victim or survivor? Is it possible to regain happiness in the face of such? And how do we find our faith again, once it is lost?
As her past and present worlds collide, JoAnna grapples with these questions—and her journey moves toward an unexpected conclusion.
READERS’ FAVORITE 5-star review
“A wonderful, uplifting book that covers weighty topics from death, to love, to faith and all with the nuance they deserve.”
—REEDSY, 5 stars
“With rich descriptions and ample southern wit and wisdom, Carro has created a place of respite, healing, and community. The Inn at Mt. Moriah will remain in my heart as inspiration for my own welcoming table.”
—AMY GRANT, Grammy Award–winning artist
“The author’s emotional astuteness and the depth of her characters remain impressive . . .”
“Mt. Moriah’s Wake is an eloquent novel in which a woman experiences a spiritual homecoming and embraces love.”
—FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS
“Carro has written a stunning debut. The story unfolds masterfully, alternating timelines in a way that had me eagerly reading on to the final, most satisfying plot twist.”
—JEANNE MCWILLIAMS BLASBERG, author of Eden and The Nine
“Carro has created a moving portrait of a woman that will resonate with most women in some way. . . . This is a deep, endearing novel that explores strong emotions and powerful life choices.”