“Elise Delcroix is coming home after eleven years for the recognition and retribution she knows she deserves.” Elise Delcroix left the small town she grew up in eleven years earlier, angry, hurt, and vowing never to return. As a child she’d felt entitled to the best of her father’s love and attention, resenting his favoritism toward her half-sister and half-brother. Her father, Emil’s, own frustrations with his father, Jules, and his wild youth, leave Elise a child of a volatile divorce, shuttled between her alcoholic mother and her successful, but judgmental father, and forced to share his love with the children of his other relationships. She rebels against Emil in every way, shunning his increasingly strict religious outlook, acting out against her brother and step-mother. Only her grandfather and her half-sister, Nova, are spared Elise’s wrath and offered her love. When family suspicions turn toward her, rather than her brother, over a questionable bank transaction, Elise leaves home for New York, furious and unforgiving, remaining estranged from her father until his death. Set in the green, rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania and narrated by Elise, Nova, and their grandmother, Eugenie, The Narrow Gate is a powerful and tender novel about coming home and a family that must face its own flaws in order to find a way to heal. First Place winner of the 2017 TAZ Fiction Award from The Author Zone, this novel is a heart warming and moving experience.