Greg can barely make ends meet for his family, though he'll do whatever it takes to save face from his caustic, judgmental father. When he loses his job, he loses control. He hurts Laurie and alienates the one person who believed in him. He takes a lucrative position in Chicago, hoping to salvage their relationship. But the distance drives Laurie toward the affections of another man.
Haley presents timely questions. What constitutes adultery? Does separation restore marriage bonds or stretch them apart? What do you do when you can't hear God's voice? But Laurie's character is too complex for the tidy resolution at the end. She needs to make a decision about her life, not allow someone else to do it for her. (Nov., 272 pp., $15.00)