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A Novel

Jean Hegland


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The acclaimed author of Into the Forest mines our fears and explores our capacity to love in this epic tale of modern motherhood.
Young and pregnant, Cerise and Anna make very different decisions about how to direct their lives. While teenaged Cerise struggles to support herself and her young daughter, Anna finishes college, marries, and later gives birth to two daughters of her own. After the birth of her second child, a tragic accident tears Cerise's life apart, and she loses her already tenuous position in society. As the story progresses--and Cerise's and Anna's lives interweave and inexorably approach each other--both women are dramatically, forever changed. Unforgettable, awe-inspiring, and grippingly honest, Windfalls is a daring and mesmerizing tale.

Praise For Windfalls: A Novel

"[A] profound look at motherhood."
--The Midwest Book Review

"[A] powerful, extremely moving tale about motherhood, the choices we make, and the impact we can have on one another."
--Library Journal

"[A] powerfully imagined and beautifully written examination of the way a single choice can lead places we never thought we'd go."

"[A] wonderful book of family and hard-won grace....Hegland is a master storyteller, capable of breaking and warming your heart in equal measure."
--Roy Parvin, author of In the Snow Forest

Washington Square Press, 9780743470087, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2005

About the Author

Jean Hegland lives in northern California with her husband and three children. Windfalls is her second novel.