Sophie’s House of Cards
written by Sharon Oard Warner
University of New Mexico Press, 2014
When sixteen-year-old Sophie Granger suspects she is pregnant, she digs out her mother Peggy’s tarot cards. Peggy hasn’t read fortunes since her hippie days in Taos, but as soon as she flips the cards, Peggy sees both her daughter’s predicament and the family crisis that will ensue. A panicked Peggy scatters the layout and rushes from the room, leaving Sophie to construct a literal house of cards. Set in New Mexico, this engrossing family novel raises questions about the role that fortune plays in our lives.
“Sharon Oard Warner’s Sophie’s House of Cards is infused with everything I look for in fiction: sympathetic characters whose imperfections are recognizably human, a strong sense of place, and a story that lingers long after you’ve closed the book and moved on to others, wishing they were as captivating and masterfully told as Warner’s novel.” (Wally Lamb, author of We Are Water)
“When I began reading, I couldn’t stop because the novel felt like the rhythm of our lives. Sophie’s House of Cards gets across the complexity of mother/child relationships. Warner’s effortless and finely crafted storytelling is powerful. I cried after reading it. Now I want the next novel and the next.” (Joy Harjo, author of Crazy Brave: A Memoir)