Synonym for Love : Matty Grover has been running all her life. Something drives her to search for an understanding of her family's past, pushes her to define her future. She is searching for love, or something like it - but love has no synonym. Her travels take her from her small hometown in rural Virginia, where the racial tensions of the 1960s are rising to the surface, to the adobe homes, scorpions, and flash floods of the Arizona desert. Alison Moore's debut novel examines the human struggle between the need to belong and the longing to escape.