July 8, 2016

“Family is family. Whether it’s the one you start out with… the one that you end up with… or the family that you gain along the way.”

- Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family -

Death. It comes for everyone. It never seems fair, no matter how old or young, sick or healthy, mean or good a person is. All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell begins with a death. As the reader, the outsider, you don’t yet understand or fully appreciate what this death means, but as you read on, you will grieve; yo...

March 11, 2016

A small indiscretion. Is there really such a thing?


From the synopsis: “At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened.


Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage fa...

May 21, 2015

 Though she was but a sleepy toddler standing at the top of the stairs, Apple remembers vividly the Christmas Eve her mother left without so much as a word good-bye. She is thirteen now, and has been living with her Nana, who is attentive and loving (and perhaps a mite too strict for her taste,) and she has a loyal best friend in Pilar, but she has always been aware of the mom-shaped hole in her life. So, when her mom shows up out of the blue one day, fresh from America as a wanna-be actress, it...

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