Amanda Peters’s The Berry Pickers delivers an emotional punch. A Mi’kmaq family migrates to Maine every summer to harvest blueberries, but one summer tragedy strikes: The young daughter, Ruthie, vanishes without a trace. Her brother is torn by guilt, which leads him down a path of self-destruction; all the while Ruthie is growing up with an overprotective, unstable mother who is hiding secrets. The novel beautifully portrays childhood trauma’s lasting impact on our lives and on the many reactions we have to trauma. Gripping, poignant, and unforgettable.