HALF BROKEN THINGS
House-sitter Jean is alone and being forced into retirement. When she finds keys to the locked rooms of Walden Manor, her current assignment, Jean decides she's in her own home. Living out her fantasy, she advertises for a son given up at birth.
A small-time thief, Michael can barely feed himself. Into his life comes Steph, pregnant and alone. She sees Jean's ad and convinces him it's his mother. They arrive on her doorstep just in time for
the blessed event.
These three characters in this unusual, mesmerizing mystery are lost people who for the first time in their lives come together as a family. They're careless with the truth, but they're so heartbreakingly earnest in their devotion to one another that you ache for them. But events spiral out of control and a crime is committed.
The title accurately describes the
three people in this depressing but
beautifully written novel. Everything
is perfect: dialogue, descriptions and
the personalities involved. This book
is definitely one to read in one sitting.
It is impossible to put down. (Oct., 320 pp., $22.00)