By Elizabeth Berg
During this novel, liked bestselling writer Elizabeth Berg weaves a superbly written and richly resonant tale of a mom and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, dealing with loss and grief, not able to do the paintings that has continuously sustained her–is commencing to rely a ways an excessive amount of on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is interfering in her existence, supplying unsolicited and unwelcome recommendation. Helen’s difficulties are compounded via her stunning discovery that her mild-mannered and constant husband used to be it seems that top a double lifestyles. The Ameses had painstakingly stored for a cheerful retirement, yet that cash disappeared in different huge withdrawals made by way of Helen’s husband prior to he died. in an effort to aid herself and garner a degree of a lot wanted independence, Helen takes an strange activity that finally ends up delivering way over she had expected. after which a mobile name from a stranger units Helen on a stunning course of discovery that explanations either mom and daughter to reconsider what they idea they knew approximately one another, themselves, and what relatively makes a house and a relatives.
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