The best-selling author of
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and
The Year of Pleasures returns with a wonderful novel about a woman, a daughter, and a surprising change in life.
Beloved author Elizabeth Berg tells the story of the recently widowed Helen Ames and of her 27-year-old daughter Tessa. Helen is shocked to discover that her mild-mannered and loyal husband had been leading a double life. The Ames's had saved money for a happy retirement, planned in minute detail, but that money has disappeared in several big withdrawals, spent by Helen's husband before he died. What could he possibly have been doing? And what is Helen to do now? Why does Helen's daughter object to her mother's applying for a job, and why doesn't Tessa meet a nice man and get married?
What Helen's husband did with all their money turns out to be provocative, revelatory, and leads Helen and her daughter to embark on new adventures, and change.
"Berg gracefully renders, in tragic and comic detail, the notions that every life - however blessed - has its share of awful loss, and that even crushed, defeated hearts can be revived." (
"Berg is a tender and enchanting storyteller who wisely celebrates the simple, sustaining elements of life, from comfort food to birdsong to a good laugh." ( Booklist)
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