Elderly Margaret Hughes is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of antiques for company when she meets Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent years building up protective armor against the outside world. But as the two begin their tentative dance of friendship, the armor begins to fall away and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman. This triggers some surprising events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey.
This exuberant novel is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world's wrongs.
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"Stephanie Kallos’s lovely and heartfelt first novel is a gift. A story of broken hearts and broken promises, it is also the story of the ways we put things back together—messily, beautifully, and ultimately triumphantly. Kallos is a writer to watch, and one who, mercifully, still believes in happy endings." —Sheri Holman, author of The Dress Lodger and The Mammoth CheeseAbout the Author:
STEPHANIE KALLOS spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher, and her short fiction has been nominated for both a Raymond Carver Prize and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.
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Book Description Center Point Large Print, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1585479845