Sarah's life is not what with think of as normal. They move a lot, whenever the cold gets especially sharp and the smell of wet dog gets especially strong. But, her mom and dad seem to figure out how to make it work, until they don't- and her mom disappears. That is when she chances to meet Alan, the beastkeeper in the little not quite forest behind her house, and life doesn't return to normal.
This is a dreamy, dark, story woven around a fire on a winter evening of old magic and curses and pain. It is beautifully written - lyrical and sharp at the same time.
When I finished I wanted to start at the beginning again, because I knew I had not paid attention to the right threads in this story! I have a feeling this will be a book you hear more about!