A sensitive, aware and compelling novel, a far cry ahead of her first book, Young Pandora. Minnesota is the setting for the story of the Moores, -- Gran, who has been a robber baron in his day, greedy, pagan and domineering, but venerable and lovable. His home is broken by the war, which leaves Mary Margaret, his granddaughter-by-marriage to Simon, flying in the Pacific, unsure of her place in their home and of her love for Simon. Another grandson's wife, Stella, is patient, hardworking, mother of two children, one of them a mute. There is Liam, just twenty, with gifts of humor and tenderness and passion, dodging the draft because he needs to find a personal reason to fight. An appealing and persuasive piece of work.