From the Publisher:
After teaching and raising her family for most of her life, Agnes Scofield realizes that she is truly weary of the routine her life has become. But how, at 51, can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her? The Scofield clan does not keep its opinions to itself. Agnes can no more deflect their adamant advice than she can step down as their matriarch. And despite her newfound freedom, Agnes becomes even more entangled in the family web.
Robb Forman Dew grew up in the South, and considers her childhood an unhappy one. As a result, she is interested in writing about the "unconscious harm" that well-intentioned people can do to each other. She is the granddaughter of poet John Crowe Ransom, whom she feels has been a strong influence on her writing.
"[A] deeply knowing novel--progressive, certainly, and at times quietly, thrillingly strange." - Meg Wolitzer 01/16/2011