Beloved author Elizabeth Berg tells the story of the recently widowed Helen Ames and of her twenty-seven-year-old daughter Tessa. Helen is shocked to discover that her mild-mannered and loyal husband had been leading a double life. The Amess had saved money for a happy retirement, planned in minute detail, but that money has disappeared in several big withdrawalsspent by Helens husband before he died. What could he possibly have been doing? And what is Helen to do now? Why does Helens daughter object to her mothers applying for a joband why doesnt Tessa meet a nice man and get married?
What Helens husband did with all their money turns out to be provocative, revelatoryand leads Helen and her daughter to embark on new adventures, and change.
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"Berg gracefully renders, in tragic and comic detail, the notions that every lifehowever blessedhas its share of awful loss, and that even crushed, defeated hearts can be revived." - Publishers Weekly
"Her warmth, humor, and forgiving eye for human nature, mixing wry observation with heartwarming moments, make this a pleasant read." - Library Journal
"Neither insipid nor mawkish but definitely phoned-in." - Kirkus Reviews
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Elizabeth Berg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 2, 1948.
Before Berg became a writer, she was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was her "school" for writingtaking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships--all things that she tends to focus on in her work. She worked as a waitress, and she sang in a rock band. One day, she entered a writing contest for a magazine and won. She wrote for magazines for ten years, then moved into novels and has not stopped since. She usually writes a book a year. Berg has won a number of awards.
She was married for over twenty years and is now divorced. Berg has two daughters and three grandchildren. She currently lives in ...
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