“Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even the Secrets.” How many family sagas have you read that include a murder mystery in Texas, an epic romance in Japan, tragedy on the cobblestone streets of Paris, and cliff-divers and witchy-women in Mexico? Nicholas Bridwell’s debut novel is about five families who couldn’t be more different coming together as a community when tragedy strikes their neighborhood. From there, the story branches out into generations as we explore the fascinating lives of a young painter, a French baker, a factory worker’s beautiful Japanese wife, and a vindictive mistress who is one of the finest, most complex women in all of literature. The story starts with a man with a severed leg limping through the woods. Where it ends will leave you breathless.