What is Being Still Again about? My reply, (tongue in cheek) don’t let the mild sounding title fool you, this is a “buckle up, keep the lights on” kind of literary experience. It is also the first book in a trilogy, and (spoiler alert) it is a true cliff hanger. At the start, exhilarating; readers may think they’re riding the Big Dipper roller coaster, which rises over the Pacific Ocean on the Northern California coast. Salted wind in their face, white knuckled, and caution in mind, it will feel much like traveling into the craggy mountainous Sierras, with twists and turns, soaring vistas, followed by sudden drops in elevation, as they are plunged into valleys with hidden underground caverns.More concretely, this novel is a psychological domestic suspense story about two women who have escaped slavery in search of freedom and normalcy. It is written as a contemporary-day tale that moves back and forth from present to past times, and after setting the stage in the first few chapters, it accelerates in pace and intensity.It is plot driven, mainly structured with true crime mystery, escape, and pursuit, tortured desire, vigilantism, love, and hate, with fictitious scaffolding consisting of spiritual, geographical, historical, and allegorical activities. The characters are multifaceted, each with backstory, voice, and a potential for personal transformation. Although the women in this story have had traumatic experience as enslaved victims of human trafficking, they are dynamic, markedly steadfast, imaginative, and courageous. While sometimes panicked and sometimes passionate, they are determined to keep their ominous past hidden. As you would expect, their passage to independence is a suspenseful one, and at times, dangerous, full of complexities, and far from linear. Readers will also discover situational irony and humor which frequently draws attention to the incongruity of the dramatic action, leading to a thoughtful and fuller understanding of recuperation and human resilience.