With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating
debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes to
love someone--family members, friends, or spouses--for life.
Former folk singer Helen Sear was a feminist wild child who proudly
disdained monogamy, raising three daughters--each by a different
father--largely on her own. Now in her sixties, Helen has fallen in
love with a traditional man who desperately wants to marry her. And
while she fears losing him, she's equally afraid of abandoning
everything she's ever stood for if she goes through with it.
Meanwhile, Helen's youngest daughter, Liane, is in the heady early
days of a relationship with her soul mate. But he has an ex-wife
and two kids, and her new role as a "step-something" doesn't come
with an instruction manual. Ilsa, an artist, has put her bohemian
past behind her and is fervently hoping her second marriage will
stick. Yet her world feels like it is slowly shrinking, and her
painting is suffering as a result--and she realizes she may need to
break free again, even if it means disrupting the lives of her two
young children. And then there's Fiona, the eldest sister, who has
worked tirelessly to make her world pristine, yet who still doesn't
feel at peace. When she discovers her husband has been harboring a
huge secret, Fiona loses her tenuous grip on happiness and is
forced to face some truths about herself that she'd rather keep
Interweaving the alternating perspectives of Helen, her daughters,
and the women surrounding them, "each new chapter brings a wise and
tender look at single life, dating rituals, and marital unease"
("New York Times" bestselling author Jennifer Close). In this
"absolute feat of storytelling" (bestselling author Grace
O'Connell), Marissa Stapley celebrates the many roles modern women
play, and shows that even though happy endings aren't
one-size-fits-all, some loves really "can" last for life.
Washington Square Press
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