I thought I'd left Blackwater, Texas, behind for good. I didn't belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn't listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
"This book bummed me out."
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate. Amber works at her mother's magic shop - Windy City Magic - in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one - her own.
First published in Best New American Voices 2000, The View remains urgent and timely. The story, set during a severe California drought, spans a single romantic night as a young idealist and her older date head into the Berkeley hills. Along the way, they argue about the rights of drought-starved mountain lions. Should these predators be allowed to hunt in city streets? The argument quickly takes on sinister undertones. Who is hunting whom?