In this lyrical story of marriage and friendship, painter Hallie Greaves arrives at her mother’s bedside and her pregnant friend Rose Haas’s porch one hot July in Ohio. Hallie, Rose, and Hallie’s mother all confront a luminous, intertwining, and sometimes disturbing landscape of memory amid the mowed lawns, pools, luncheonettes, gardens, and churches of this small town. Hoping to give her mother courage, Hallie discovers she is in need of courage as well, as she faces her infertility, her marriage, and her art.
“A poetic and moving first novel.”
“A lyrical debut about a young woman coming to terms with family and mortality. . . Compelling and sensitive.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Passionate and chilling . . . with gentle intelligence and the odd yet poetic accuracy of her prose.”
– Publishers Weekly