This is the story of three people: acclaimed writer Julia
Blackburn; her father, Thomas - a poet and alcoholic with an
addiction to barbiturates; and her mother, Rosalie - a flirtatious
painter with no boundaries.After Julia's parents divorced, her
mother took in male lodgers with the hope they would become her
lovers. When one of the lodgers began an affair with Julia,
competitive Rosalie was devastated; he later committed suicide,
shattering whatever relationship between mother and daughter
remained. After thirty years, Rosalie, diagnosed with leukemia,
came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. Only then
were they allowed, at long last, to exist with an ease they had
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