"The several threads of the story weave together without fanfare but with a calm assurance that creates a sturdy sense of character and believability. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ellen Fremedon's family—Ellen most of all—is desperately stressed by her mother's illness, and a trip across the country to visit with friends provides only the briefest of reprieves before her mother's death sends everyone into the dislocation and alienation of grief.
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