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“Most people have everything they need to be happy.”
The words latched onto some part of Skyla’s brain. She
repeated the phrase to herself while she rang up books and
stocked shelves. It had a certain resonance to it, but she
doubted it was true.
Free-spirit Skyla Plinka
has found the love and stability she always wanted in her
reliable husband Thomas. Settling into her new family and
roles as wife and mother, life in rural Wisconsin is
satisfying, but can’t seem to quell Skyla’s growing sense of
restlessness. Her only reprieve is her growing friendship
with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and
a life in constant disarray – but also a life filled with
laughter and love.
Much to the dismay of her
intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job
at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her
voice, independence and confidence. Throughout one pivotal
year in the life of Skyla, Audrey and Roxanne, all three
very different women will learn what it means to love
unconditionally. With the storytelling ingenuity of Anne
Tyler, the writing talent of Jodi Picoult, and the subtlty
of Alice Munro, McQuestion offers a satisfying debut that
proves she is a gifted portraitist, a natural storyteller
and an author to watch.
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