In 1956, when divorced working-mom Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the neighborhood is less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhoodin the era of the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia - seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son.
Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend. By the time he reaches his twenties, he's living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy's disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.
"A moderately interesting story told in extremely broad strokes." - Kirkus
"Starred Review. Although the backstory at times dissipates the tension, this tale of domestic suspense builds to a shocking climax and will appeal to anyone immersed in suburban lore." - Library Journal
"With wit and a perfect eye into the human heart, Caroline Leavitt has given us a truly unique story of love, loyalty, loss, betrayal, secrets, healing." - Sue Monk Kidd, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees
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Caroline Leavitt is the author of eight novels, including Meeting Rozzy Halfway, Lifelines, Jealousies, Family, Into Thin Air, Living Other Lives, Coming Back To Me, and Girls In Trouble. Her essays and stories have appeared in Salon.com, Redbook, Parenting, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and other outlets. The winner of The Redbook Young Writers' Contest, she's also the recipient of a New York Foundation of The Arts Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for a Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellowship. A book columnist for The Boston Globe, Leavitt also teaches writing online for UCLA and does private manuscript consulting.
Caroline Leavitt lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City's unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, ...
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