Izzy’s eccentric, complicated mother committed suicide on her forty-first birthday. Now, on the night before Izzy herself is to turn forty-one, she struggles with the realization that she will be older than her mother ever was. And to make matters worse, her widowed father, unstable sister Ellie, and precocious niece have decided to accompany her to Colorado for what promises to be an emotionally charged weekend. As Izzy is flooded with memories from her past and wonders about her future, she must face a choice that could break her family apart.
Elisabeth Hyde is the author of The Abortionist’s Daughter, Monoosook Valley, and Her Native Colors. Born and raised in New Hampshire,
she briefly practiced law for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before leaving to write full time. She currently lives with her
family in the Colorado foothills. Her website is www.elisabethhyde.com.
“[It] it precisely Elisabeth Hyde’s arresting prose and astute observations about family life that elevate her fourth novel to domestic tragedy…What works best in this novel is not the issue of abortion (duly presented and dissected from both sides) nor the revelation of the murderer but the family backstories, which reveal Hyde at her best… Hyde is an author who should be with us for some time.”
— Anita Shreve, The Washington Post
Publication Date: March 1, 2002
trim size: 6 x 9