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“What lies beneath the layers of hurt?” That’s the core question posed by novelist Susie Finkbeiner’s debut Paint Chips, a story that scrapes the strata of societal niceties to explore deep depravity and a redemption that goes deeper still. Finkbeiner weaves together two stories, those of a mother and daughter trapped in human trafficking at various stages of their lives. Both are trying to heal in very different ways, and both must wrestle with their past before they can find their way back to each other.

Their narratives, though fictional, raise awareness of the realities of trafficking across ethnic and socioeconomic lines, even in supposedly safe places like the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Mich., where the book is set. While Paint Chips often makes for harrowing reading, it also points the way to the God who heals and who shows us love and beauty despite our suffering. (WhiteFire)

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