Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother's schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

Fig's world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy.

But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and that is not, what is fun and what is frightening. To save Mama, Fig begins a fierce battle bring her back. She knows that her daily sacrifices, like not touching metal one day or avoiding water the next, are the only way to cure her mother.

The problem is that in the process of a daily sacrifice, Fig begins to lose herself as well, increasingly isolating herself from her classmates and engaging in self-destructive behavior that only further sets her apart.

Spanning the course of Fig's childhood from age six to nineteen, this deeply provocative novel is more than a portrait of a mother, a daughter, and the struggle that comes with all-consuming love. It is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals--real or imaginary--thrown her way.

Sarah has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and has won a few other literary awards from journals like Third Coast and organizations such as A Room of Her Own. Her debut novel, Fig, debuts from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster) on April 7th, 2015. Please visit the author's website for more information: sarahelizabethschantz .