• “An intellectual as well as emotional pleasure.  Powerful . . . One of the best books of the year.”

    —San Francisco Chronicle

In this graceful and compassionate fiction, three generations of mothers and daughters in the McCarthy family face the challenges of memory. This story offers unusual insight into the fragile mind of Hannah Pearl, who lives her daily life with courage and generosity in spite of her confusion and memory loss…read more


Harriet Scott Chessman is the author of the acclaimed novels Someone Not Really Her Mother, The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels, in addition to the libretto for a contemporary operatic piece, MY LAI, composed by Jonathan Berger and to be performed in 2015 – 16 by Kronos Quartet, Van Anh Vo, and Rinde Eckert. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages.  She has taught English and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford University. She lives in Connecticut.