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Quintessence by Jess Redman – Book Review

 

Title: Quintessence
Author: Jess Redman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: July 28, 2020

Alma suffers from panic attacks. Her suffering is solitary, isolating, and, at times, debilitating. She tries to keep her episodes a secret from her family, but they continue to get worse as Alma struggles to “acclimate” to her new home in Four Points. But the shopkeeper of the mysterious Fifth Point has bigger plans for Alma. A seemingly chance encounter between the two sets Alma on a fantastical quest. With the help of new friends and an emerging sense of self, Alma races against time to do the impos