The lengthy illness and death of Ellen Jameson's husband forced her to sell his business and their home. Now, she is taking 21-year-old daughter, Amber, and her 3-year-old granddaughter with her to start the next chapter of their lives. Moving in with her mother, Wilma, they bring four generations under one roof.
Wilma sees men as her way out of any trouble that might come along. With her last husband now deceased, she fights being evicted by his family as her "girls" come to live with her in his former home. Amber relies on her mother and grandmother to help take care of Jet while she laments the life she can't have. As she spends more time at work and with friends, Amber begins to believe she can still have that life if she leaves her daughter, Jet, with Ellen.
Morsi's characters have rough edges but ultimately good heads and hearts. Their struggles are described so realistically that readers feel for each of them and will find themselves rooting for this family's survival. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)