"Sweet are the uses of adversity, writes Shakespeare, and Mackenzie Bezos explores that proposition through four damaged lives as they intersect over four suspenseful days. Her characters are beautifully delineated and arrestingly original."
That's Geraldine Brooks' verdict on Traps by Mackenzie Bezos, "a powerful, warm and wise story of four very different women whose lives come into startling alignment in ways that will transform them forever," - a book which has drawn comparisons with the work of Anne Tyler and Jennifer Egan.
Dana is a security guard trained in special ops but she is terrified of emotional commitment. Jessica is an Oscar-winning actress whose father sells her out to the paparazzi. Vivian is a teenage prostitute who will do anything to protect her twin babies, and Lynn is a recovering alcoholic living in isolation on a ranch in Nevada. Their fates bring them together and offer each of them a chance at redemption and renewal.