Mary Beth Latham lives in a suburban New England town with her husband and three teenage children (twin boys and daughter). She realistically and beautifully narrates her pretty ordinary life of family, school, work, friends, sports, and cooking. After one of her sons is diagnosed with depression, she immerses herself in concern for him. Meanwhile, her daughter wants to break up with her long-time boyfriend (who is like a member of the family) and so she attempts to balance all the emotional needs of her family. Even though there is heavy foreshadowing, the brutal and savage act that happens half way through the book is still shocking and dreadful. This act changes "every last one" of her family members forever. For me, the second half was emotionally troubling to read yet so very eloquently rendered. Mary Beth's journey through her sadness is both heart-breaking and hopeful. Check catalog for availability.
- Submitted by Rebecca @ MPL Central