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

    —San Francisco Chronicle


This is a novel about love and the restorative powers of memory and art.  Hannah Pearl, a 75-year-old French woman, lives her daily life on the Shoreline of Connecticut with courage and generosity in spite of her confusion and memory loss…read more

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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 performed at Stanford University and the Harris Theater in Chicago, by Kronos Quartet, Van Anh Vo, and Rinde Eckert.  Chessman’s 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 now lives in Connecticut, after twelve years in the San Francisco Bay Area.