THE WAY BACK TO HAPPINESS
Though her novel is tragic at first, it’s not long before Bass has readers warming up to this encouraging story about fresh starts. Although several distracting side-plots make this novel a bit longer than it needs to be, the end result is satisfying.
Sisters Bev and Diana Putterman have never gotten along, especially since as young women, they fought over the same man. Years later, when Diana dies unexpectedly, Bev is the only family member capable of taking in Diana’s 14-year-old daughter, Alabama. Meanwhile, Alabama is desperate to hunt down her late father’s family and, in the process, learns more about why her mother and aunt became estranged years ago. (Kensington, Jun., 352 pp., $15.00)