Anna O'Mally has a story. What she needs is a new beginning.
Raised in the dying auto-factory town of Saginaw, Michigan, 17-year-old Anna O'Mally is a born writer—gifted, perceptive, headed for the stars. Or she was, until the day a year ago when the person she loved most died. Joe, her uncle, was raised as her brother and was barely older than Anna herself. She worshipped the ground Joe walked on, treasured his opinions, and lived in the glow of knowing that she was the most important person in his world, too.
At Joe's one-year deadaversary, Anna's great healing is supposed to begin, but that looks totally impossible. And then she discovers a strange email that suggests she didn't know her saintly uncle quite as well as she thought she did. When Anna's beloved grandfather is struck with his last illness, it jump-starts a sequence of events that breaks open everything Anna thought she knew: about her family, the past, the possibilities of love—and origami.