In this richly emotional novel inspired by extraordinary true accounts, bestselling author Kristina McMorris evokes the depth of a mother’s bond with her child, and the power of personal histories to echo through generations.

Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.

As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound—and perhaps, at last, to heal.

"The Pieces We Keep gripped me from the first page and didn't let go."
— Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Lost Wife

"[A] sensitive and multilayered story where the discovery of long-held family secrets leads to healing."
— Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Elegant and captivating...I didn’t want this novel to end.”
— Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Call Me Zelda

“A beautifully woven story, at once gripping and uplifting.”
— Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife

"A perfect combination of historical fiction and modern mystery."
— Amy Hatvany, author of Heart Like Mine