Publication Date: July 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2009 Indie Next List
“This debut novel features family, friends, and grief in a touchingly warm and funny way. I cried and laughed with Janie LaMarche as she figures out how to go on living without her beloved husband. Fay's characters run the gamut and could live next door to any of us.”
-- Judy Manzo, Book Ends, Winchester, MA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Janie LaMarche has been recently widowed by a preventable accident. She is left with two young children and a lot of grief and anger, but also with the kind of family we all would hope for. As we read, her grief is palpable, her frustration with people and their clumsy attempts at sympathy understandable. This is a novel with wonderful book group discussion potential.”
-- Patricia Worth, River Reader LLC, Lexington, MO
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- The theme of shelter, both literal and figurative, arises again and again throughout the course of the story. Who shelters whom? Are all the instances of "sheltering" helpful, or are some misguided?