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9780062105684 "A must-read."â€”New York Times Book ReviewÂ A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally bestselling author of Someone Elseâ€™s Love Story and gods in Alabamaâ€”an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives. Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paulaâ€™s birth name Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her ownâ€”one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. Separated, each holding secrets of her own, the intense bond they once shared was fractured. These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasnâ€™t seen Kai in fifteen years, sheâ€™s still making payments on that Karmic debtâ€”until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mysterious note: â€œI am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.â€ Then Kaiâ€™s most treasured secret literally lands on Paulaâ€™s doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before itâ€™s too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back togetherâ€”her own. The Opposite of Everyone is a ...