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Starred Review. Relationships are brought to the limit in Delinsky's splendid latest exploration of family dynamics. On a rainy night, Deborah Monroe and her teenage daughter, Grace, are driving home when their car hits a man. The victim, who turns out to be Grace's history teacher, is unconscious but alive. Although Grace was driving, Deborah sends her home and takes responsibility for the accident when the cops show up. Deborah is juggling a lot: as a family doctor, she is in private practice with her über-demanding widower father, who is trying to hide a drinking problem; her son, Dylan, is vision impaired; her mother's death continues to affect the family; Deborah is still dealing with her ex-husband's new, separate life; and her unmarried sister, Jill, has just announced she's pregnant. Grace's guilt about not taking responsibility for the accident makes her withdraw from friends and family, and the accident victim turns out to have a more complex private life than anyone imagined. The author seamlessly resolves relationship issues without sentiment, throws in a promising romance for Deborah and offers a redemptive scene between Grace and her grandfather. Delinsky combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling—a winning combination. (Jan.)
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“One of her best.”
—The Boston Globe
“Provocative…. Delinsky is interested in how the lies we tell for love can destroy us instead—and she lays out this particular deception so painstakingly that even the most honest reader will sympathize.”
“One of her best…. Delinsky is a first-rate storyteller who creates believeable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors.”
—The Boston Globe
“Delinsky treads the same domestic themes as fellow best-seller Jodi Picoult.”
“Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.”
—Times Union (Albany)
“Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel."
“Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine.”
—The Providence Journal
“Delinsky is out there with the Anita Shreves and Elizabeth Bergs, perpetually bestselling authors who wrestle with bigger themes.”
“Splendid...combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling-a winning combination.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Delinsky's latest page-turner...deftly and realistically addresses family issues.... Immensely readable...thought-provoking.”
—Library Journal (starred review)