From her first poignant sentences, Jenn Crowell beckons the reader
into Gloria Burgess's private world. After a scant eight years of
marriage, Gloria's beloved husband succumbs to leukemia, leaving
her alone with a son to bring up in an adopted country. The madness
of grief is a constant, voracious temptation she must withstand,
for her child's sake not her own. To accomplish this, Gloria delves
into the lessons from the past and her parents' failed
relationship. Her father was forever inconsolable over his dead
first love, her mother bitter at giving up her ambitions for a man
incapable of loving her. Between her father's clinging, drowning
despair and her mother's emotional abandonment is a balance that
Gloria struggles to find. And eventually she discovers ways to
reinvent herself, to find happiness once again, and to bring peace
back to the tumult of her life.
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