In a fiercely beautiful novel of love and desire, guilt and accountability, Abigail DeWitt offers a remarkable chronicle of one woman’s coming of age. Set against a backdrop that moves from Austin, Texas to Cambridge, Massachusettes and the North Carolina mountains, this memorable story is told with great passion and, at times, heartbreaking humor.
The story begins when Molly Moore, the youngest child in a large, tumultuous family tries to find her place in the midst of the troubled relationships around her. But Molly’s youth and innocence are squandered in the wake of her parents’ disengagement as the family disintegrates and her older siblings leave home. As Molly grows into adulthood and becomes a parent herself, she must face the hard truths of her parents’ lives and her own.
Lorimer Press, 9780982617144, 254pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2010
About the Author
Abigail Dewitt received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop. A Michener Fellowship recipient and the author of the highly acclaimed novel Lili, she has lived and worked in France and throughout the United States where she has taught creative writing at Harvard Summer School, the Duke Writers Workshop and Appalachian State University. In 2010 she was Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. DeWitt’s short stories have appeared in Salamander, The Journal and Carolina Quarterly and was listed in Best American Short Stories 1991: 100 Other Distinguished Stories. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.