And She Was
In Verdi’s (What You Left Behind, 2015) compelling novel, Dara is an aspiring tennis star who lives a sheltered life with her single mom Mellie. She's so talented that her coach wants her to compete in tournaments around the world which means Dara will have to locate her birth certificate and get a passport. Mellie has no interest in supporting her daughter’s promising career and insists the document is lost. When Dara finally locates her birth certificate in a locked box, she's shocked to discover that Mellie is a transgender woman and that her birth mother died when she was a baby. Feeling confused and betrayed, Dara sets off on a road trip with her best friend Sam to find her maternal grandparents and unravel the secrets surrounding her childhood.