How can a child mourn the mother who deserted herthe mother who chose an acting career over parenting? Starlet Rachelle Barristers tragic death brings her five daughters together for the first time in many years. Each one of the Mitchell sisters is scarred by their mothers seeming indifference. And each one of them struggle with grief alone. But they all love Mattie, the grandmother who raised them.

Old resentments resurface, tempers flare and cutting words fly. Mattie wonders if her granddaughters have forgotten her most important lessons; the importance of family, of seeing one another through difficulty, and the power of forgiveness.

Trauma, betrayal and heartbreak comes in two more waves of trouble. As the sisters pull together, each discovers her place in her mothers and grandmothers hearts. They learn to appreciate the strength of that slender thread holding them all together. Miss Petersons novel is good womens fiction. (Jun., 248 pp., $10.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair