Evelyn Wise set aside her career to marry late, though motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura, on the other hand, wants desperately to marry, but finds her husband is a man who expects too much of everyone. Grace, their oldest, moves out but can't seem to live up to her potential—whatever that might be. The author of The Year We Left Home and the National Book Award finalist Who Do You Love gives us this matrilineal love story grounded in our time—a tale of three Wise women regressing, stalling, yet evolving over the decades.
"As storms, gardens, and trees punctuate and embody the richly reverberating family drama Thompson so astutely orchestrates, she unflinchingly examines desire and resignation, death and inheritance, while tracing women's generational struggles for genuine independence."—Booklist