"wonderfully insightful family drama"
Thirty-seven years old Tessa MacRae and her sixty-year-old
mom Nancy Whitlock are worried about the latter's
octogenarian mother Helen, who has neglected her Tom
Brooks, Virginia house. The home is dangerously cluttered
with junk as Nancy realizes she has not been allowed
inside since her five-year-old granddaughter was killed by
a drunk driver three years ago, the pivotal moment that
left three surviving generations shattered.
Tessa's husband Mack attends Compassionate Friends to help
him cope with his grief. Tessa is an active member of
MADD, but has done nothing to truly deal with her loss of
their daughter. Mack feels cut off from his wife who he
loves dearly, but needs love and is considering an affair.
Nancy's husband Billy visits, but she worries that though
they have been married for decades he will see her farm
roots and leave her. Nancy loves Billy, but feels a need
to defend her birth home and her mom before going upstairs
to cry. Billy leaves without saying goodbye.
As the three women clean out the house over the summer and
allow a pregnant teen to join them, will they find solace
in their memories or continue the spin into the abyss?
The entire cast is as powerful as they come as every key
member (even Helen's long deceased husband) is incredibly
developed. The relationships between the characters are
fantastic because even the negativity seems genuine. The
use of quilting enables the past to surface interwoven
with the current woes. Though the amount of angst (each
one of the three lead females deals with enough problems
to cover a book by herself) overwhelms, Emilie Richards
paints a wonderfully insightful family drama.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 3, 2004