Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061369216, 366pp.
Publication Date: May 27, 2008
In the small town of Stone Creek, a random encounter offers two lonely people a chance at happiness.
Danny, a young widower, still grieves for his late wife, but for the sake of his five-year-old son, Caleb, he knows he must move on. Alone in her summer house, Lily has left her workaholic husband, Paul, to his long hours and late nights back in the city. In Stone Creek, she can yearn in solitude for the treasure she's been denied: a child.
What occurs when Lily and Danny meet is immediate and undeniable despite Lily being ten years older and married. But ultimately it is little Caleb's sadness and need that will tip the scales, upsetting a precarious balance between joy and despair, between what cannot happen . . . and what must.
An unforgettable novel of tremendous emotional heft, Stone Creek brilliantly illuminates how the powers of love and loss transform the human heart.
“Piercingly personal descriptions of love, loss and desperate attempts to plug life’s gaps give Lustbader’s second novel it emotional edge.”
“The plot is firmly grounded in the reality of the characters’ lives, making for an emotionally nuanced read...except during the moments when the electricity between the two new friends practically leaps off the page.”
“What You’ll Love: The author’s affection for her emotionally wounded characters is palpable and infectious, making it nearly impossible not to get invested in the plot.”
“An intensely romantic and heartfelt story of three fascinating people bound together by the inescapable ties of loss, love, and passion.”
-Patricia Gaffney, author of THE SAVING GRACES
“STONE CREEK is a beautiful book. Victoria Lustbader has crafted a well-written and highly readable story that also serves as a profoundly intelligent exploration of love.”
“My heart truly ached for the protagonists in this poignant, affecting story about love, loss, being lost and finding your way.”
-Elizabeth Noble, author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughter to Know
“Those looking for a novel to slip into the suitcase before a trip would do well to choose STONE CREEK.”
-Oklahoma City Oklahoman
““A thoughtful exploration of the emotional intricacies of love lost, found and fought for. Graceful language and expertly shifting points of view…grant readers an all-access pass to the thoughts and fear of each member of this complex love triangle.””