The Dahl family is reeling from the tragic loss of their toddler Riley. His mother Jenny and his teenaged sister Ella each believe his death was their fault. Jenny channels her grief – and secret guilt – into an obsession with getting pregnant again. Ella, a competitive high school cheerleader, is desperate to atone for her role in the tragedy by being the perfect adolescent for her heartbroken parents, but secretly cuts herself to numb her emotional pain. Not without his own vices, Riley’s dad Ethan, a pilot, is on a singular mission to preserve what’s left of his family – to little success.
Everything changes, though, when Ella makes a shocking decision.
An unforgettable story of emotional healing set in idyllic Marin County, California, Cheer is a rich exploration of what it means to forgive and about discovering unexpected bonds within one’s own family. Told from three perspectives, this story is for anyone who has been a mother or a daughter. Perfect for book clubs, the Kindle edition concludes with questions for discussion.
A “recovering” lawyer and longtime legal affairs journalist, Leslie A. Gordon has wanted to be a novelist since she was eight. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, children and dogs.