Deemed altogether a “complex” yet “relatable” debut novel, Between Two Slopes tells the story of one Northern Michigan family's struggle to reunite following a devastating tragedy. It has been a year since 15-year-old Allison and 18-year-old Allen lost their mother and older brother. Along with their father, Leonard, they must now finally face the cruel reality of life after loss. But with Leonard losing his job, Allen struggling to plant himself back into law-abiding society and Allison secretly sneaking off with her late brother's best friend, this may be more difficult than anyone could have imagined. Weaving death and danger, desperation and desire, Murray travels the path of one family's fight to find happiness when the valley of despair seems too steep to climb out.