The heroine in Brockway's newest offbeat tale has spent her life avoiding, well, life. The characters in this humorous drama are dysfunctional with a capital "D," which makes the humor bittersweet and touching. Poignancy and laughter vie for supremacy in this most satisfying tale.
The ties of responsibility only get tighter when Mimi's pregnant half-sister, Sarah, turns up. How's a free spirit to remain free under these circumstances? (ONYX, Jan., 432 pp., $7.99)