Glennis Harmon has the perfect life: a successful husband, charming children and expensive things—until her son falls into drug addiction. The strain exposes the lies the whole family has lived as they tried to be "good Christian people."

In her efforts to save her son, Glennis loses everything she thought was important. But her journey not only helps her learn her weaknesses, it uncovers hidden strengths. Glennis must find the courage to let her son make his own choices, or forever be trapped in the vicious cycle of codependency.

This tale is vintage Carlson: relevant, emotionally resonant and told with a gritty lyricism that captures the truth in a looking glass for all to see. (Oct., 352 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson