On Sale: January 1, 2009
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
Four months after her husbandâ€™s death, Janie LaMarche
remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is
disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder
with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned,
Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from
her husbandâ€”now his last gift to her. As construction
begins, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her
sorrowâ€”mothering her two small children with fierce
protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing
in a rage she canâ€™t release. Yet Janieâ€™s isolation is
breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her
ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy neighbor; her muffin-bearing
cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief
all his own. As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers
that the unknowable terrain of the future is best
navigated with the help of othersâ€”even those we least
expect to call on, much less learn to love.
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