In 1956, when divorced working-mom Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the neighborhood is less than welcoming.
Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood – in the era of the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia – seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son.
Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend. By the time he reaches his twenties, he’s living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.
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"Warning: this woman's writing is addictive. Her characters are so vivid you feel like you know them, and you go through their horrible times with them, feeling each and every one of their emotions.
Eva is a very modern woman for the year, 1956, when this story begins. She's divorced from a cheating husband and trying to raise her brilliant son, 12 years old at the start of the book, under a microscope for all of that AND because she is Jewish, making ends meet as a overworked, underpaid secretary. Lewis, her son, only has two friends, a brother and sister from across the street. Eva is like their second mother. Then a mystery changes the neighborhood forever, and all 4 of their lives change with it. (Wow, it's hard not to reveal any spoilers for this book!). This is a wonderful period peace that is nevertheless very familiar to us today. This is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it."
Save The Date!!!
Caroline Leavitt will be at our Colfax Avenue Store on June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm as part of the Algonquin Book Club Night. You don't want to miss this, so write on the calendar right now!