By Carla Buckley
Every little thing turns out quiet on Ann Brooks’s suburban cul-de-sac. regardless of her imminent divorce, she’s created a contented domestic and her daughters are adjusting to the swap. She feels fortunate to be in a supportive group and assured that she will be able to deal with the other difficulty that existence may possibly throw her means. yet then, correct earlier than Thanksgiving, a situation moves that turns everybody’s international the wrong way up. all at once her estranged husband is pressured again onto her doorstep, bringing with him his attractive graduate assistant. Trapped contained in the apartment she as soon as referred to as domestic, faced through demanding situations she by no means can have imagined, Ann needs to make life-or-death judgements in an atmosphere the place the easy act of beginning a door to a neighbor may possibly jeopardize all she holds dear.
The offerings she makes will effect the lives of these round her irrevocably and linger within the reader’s reminiscence during this impressive first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.
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The Things That Keep Us Here (Random House Reader's Circle) by Carla Buckley