Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect.
Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job,
new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm
of her hand—until a single phone call altered the course of
her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her
sister’s three orphaned children, keeping a promise she
never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own
life indefinitely on hold.
Now, at forty-two, as
independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family
that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being
single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for
anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults
and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is
navigating a parent’s difficult passage between lending them
a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest.
The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked,
struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never
allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at
twenty-four a serious and hardworking law student, is
captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with
children, who is leading him much further than he wants to
go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie—impulsive,
artistic, rebellious—is an art student about to make a
choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she
is in no way prepared for but determined to
Then, just when least expected, a chance
encounter changes Annie’s life yet again in the most
unexpected direction of all.
From Manhattan to
Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Tiesis a novel that reminds us how challenging and
unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of
family are the strongest of all.