Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781596910393, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 6, 2007
Now that her third and last child has left the nest, Edie Boyd's life turns suddenly and uncomfortably silent. She begins to yearn for the maternal intimacy that now seems lost to her forever. Be careful what you wish for Before long, a mother-and-child reunion is in full swing: life away from the nest has proven to be unexpectedly daunting to the children, who one-by-one return home, bringing their troubles. With an unannounced new phase of parenthood suddenly stretching ahead of her, Edie finds her home more crowded than ever. In this touching, artful novel, Joanna Trollope has created a family drama for the ages, a moving story of work, love and eternal parenthood.
"Although it would be a bit much to pronounce Trollope the Austen of our age, it must be said that she comes close."--Washington Post
"Charming, as sweet-tart as a jar of lemon curd, and a lot of fun."--Detroit Free Press
"[Trollope's] sharp, witty prose gives the reader a welcome perch from which to observe the Boyd family's sometimes messy, but certainly interesting, lives."--Wall Street Journal
"The novel charms with its portrait of a marriage that stays strong by treading gently, and with a fleeting glimpse of London, ancient and eternal in its Olympian indifference to ephemeral human folly."--Boston Globe