By Jean Reynolds Page
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061876943, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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A novel of how family happenswhether you like it or not
Elaine and Carson Forsyth have returned to the tree houseElaine's childhood home, a cabin nestled high in the branches of two oaks beside a North Carolina lakewhere forty-nine-year-old Carson has chosen to spend the waning days of his life. As Elaine prepares for a future without her beloved husband, their solace is interrupted. Carson's mother, Greta, has set loose a neighbor's herd of alpacas and landed herself in police custody. While Carson, remarkably, sees humor in the situation, Elaine can only question what her obligations areand will beto a woman who hasn't spoken to her in more than twenty years.
In the wake of Carson's death, Elaine and their grown son, Mick, are thrust into the maelstrom of Greta, the mother-in-law and grandmother who never accepted either of them. Just as they are trying to figure out their new roles in the family, Mick uncovers unexpected questions of his own. A long-ago teenage relationship with a local girl may have left him with more than just memories, and he must get to the bottom of Greta's surprising accusations that he's not Carson's son at all.
Jean Reynolds Page lives with her husband and three children in Wisconsin.
“Pleasant....Page’s knack for characterization...helps nudge things toward an appropriately affirmative ending.”
-Publishers Weekly on The Last Summer of Her Other Life
“Page portrays these past and present emotional quagmires with an acutely intuitive eye, drawing the reader into the complicated lives of her sympathetic characters.”
-Booklist on The Space Between Before and After
“A complex, well-orchestrated family drama.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Space Between Before and After
“[A] complex, multi-layered book. [Page] seamlessly navigates the book’s intertwining narratives and presents believable characters, at once imperfect and utterly sympathetic. Both the story’s emotional pull and intricate plot twists are sure to seduce new readers.”
-Publishers Weekly on The Space Between Before and After
“Rosalind and the children are remarkably portrayed.”