Templeton's tone is distinct, sharp-witted and tough—very Queens, New York—as are the many characters, who've lived side by side for generations. But Ellie Levine wants to escape.

At 28, Ellie has dreams of becoming a Manhattan fashion designer and living the city lifestyle, but she's sidetracked by single motherhood. Unfortunately, her love life suffers from her self-sacrificing neglect. Then a tragedy changes everything—secrets are spilled, talents are recognized, questions are answered and unrequited needs are finally requited.

While the ending is hinted at from the first chapter and the theme—that sometimes the things that seem hardest to find are the ones that are right in front of us—is familiar, a few twists will keep readers surprised and wanting to find out more. It won't take them long: Templeton's writing is fast-paced, flowing and chock-full of witty one- liners. (Nov., 304 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Lisa Harris