"A beautiful story"
Thirty-one years old Delilah still lives with her parents
in their mini-mansion in Key West and works as a waitress
even though she has a bachelor's degree. She sees the man
living in her parents' guesthouse but she knows they have
no commitment to one another. When her mother locates her
biological mother, she is afraid to meet her so she sends
Delilah to Brentville, New York to see what Carla is like.
Delilah's first impression of her grandmother is that of a
crusty, independent woman while octogenarian Carla thinks
her granddaughter wastes her potential and sets out to do
something about it. Delilah meets Jack Brown who fixes
things on her grandmother's property. She realizes that he
is a deep soul who won't be content with a minor fling.
While caring for her grandmother, Delilah starts sleeping
with her ex-fiancÚ, who lives in the area, but they can't
recapture what they once had. When a tragedy occurs,
Delilah finally opens her heart that has been closed since
her twin brother died over two decades ago.
SOMETHING UNPREDICTABLE is a moving relationship drama
starring a protagonist afraid to commit to a relationship.
Her visit to her grandmother makes her take stock of what
she is not doing with her life. Carla sees herself in her
granddaughter, which is why she feels compelled to meddle
and despite herself, Delilah comes to see that her
grandmother is right. Though some unnecessary coincidence
enables additional insight, Barbara Chepaitis has written a
poignant family drama.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003
From the author of Feeding Christine and These Dreams comes
a delightful story of family, love, and life's many
At age thirty-one, Delilah needs a plan. Still living with
her parents on their Key West estate, with no career to
speak of and a dull relationship with a self-involved
artist, she is beginning to feel as if life is sailing
swiftly past her. Her sister is living the perfect life
with the perfect husband, her father con-tinues to make
money off the stock market, and her mother continues to
spend it on the latest social cause. Delilah would love to
save the world as well -- if only it weren't such an
overwhelming task. She longs for inspiration. Little does
she know that it will soon come in the shape of Carla, -- a
former tiger tamer and Delilah's long-lost biological
grandmother. Long-lost, that is, until now.
When Delilah's mother unwittingly discovers the identity of
the woman who put her up for adoption years ago, Delilah is
enlisted to visit Carla at her dilapidated farmhouse in
rural New York. The first meeting does not go well. Aside
from her constant gruff commands and occasional meddling in
Delilah's love life, Carla barely says a word to her newly
discovered granddaughter, who is more like her than either
of them would care to admit. Slowly, however, the two are
drawn together by the beauty of the land, by the good
friends around them, and by a love as unpredictable as life
itself. Soon Delilah discovers that saving the world
requires the courage to be saved and that truly embracing
life means accepting its uncertainty. "Because love was
always unpredictable. And slightly out of control."
With her trademark humor and warmth, Barbara Chepaitis
tells a wonderful story about one woman's stumble upon
happiness in the most unlikely of places. She creates
characters that are "genuinely human" (Publishers Weekly)
and in so doing reflects our ability to love the world and
each other despite our many flaws and failures. Smart,
funny, and true, Something Unpredictable is a gem of a
novel and one to be dearly treasured.