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by Barbara Samuel

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

2002 Best Women's Fiction Award Winner

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It has been 23 years since Jewel Sabatino has spoken with her estranged father.
This breach is a source of deep pain, but now circumstances have
conspired to force Jewel to return to her hometown of Pueblo, CO. Her best
friend, Michael Shawnnessey, has always been there for both Jewel and her
17-year-old son, Shane, especially during the dark days of watching Shane's
father, Billy, self-destruct. Now it is Michael who is dying and his
long-standing illness has sapped his finances.

A legacy from her Aunt Sylvia gives Jewel the option of moving all three of them
back to Pueblo. Returning will force Jewel to face up to the past. World traveler
Malachi Shawnnessey arrives in Pueblo to the news that his beloved brother is
dying. While Malachi and Michael are at peace with each other, the same can not
be said of their relationship with their father.

The magic of Barbara Samuel's storytelling-its enormous depth, passion and
compassion-is a gift she shares with readers. This book vividly explores the
emotional ties that bind families together and the scars that can drive them
apart. (Feb., 320 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballentine

Published: February 2002

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