HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060596736, 341pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2005
Woodrow McIlmore is leading the perfect life in Paris, Arkansas: married to his high school sweetheart, he has two wonderful children and a warm circle of family and friends. When Wood's daughter announces that she wants to marry a college classmate, Wood is stunned. But that's just the tip of the iceberg -- her intended is the son of the woman who left Wood twenty years earlier, the free-spirited Duff. And so begins a tumultuous year in Paris, as Duff returns and familiar sparks fly with her old flame. Their rekindled passion affects not only Wood and Duff but also their good friends, as they must now all decide what in their lives is worth keeping and what needs to be thrown away.
“A splendid, often hilarious first novel... Poignant, welcoming and warmly funny, this is an irresistible page-turner.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)