Being single means she is in charge of every part of her life, and for the first time in 19 years she can do things the way she always wanted to do them. But that also leaves her with all the responsibility. With two teenage children - Byron and Abby, who are dealing with their own struggles - in a house she can barely afford on her solo salary, her new life is a balancing act made even more complicated when her brother, Matt, moves in.
An intimate portrait of the inner workings of one woman's life as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Theresa ponders the ways her morning-chipper husband both soothes and infuriates her, the challenges of parenting a toddler while pregnant, and the benefit of having family to rely on in hard times.
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This story of love and loss begins with a childhood romance between a city girl and a farm boy up in the mountains for a summer vacation and ends on a battlefield in Iraq.
A brittle young woman juggles her overbearing mother, her pregnant sister, her adoring father, and the intrigue of a handsome stranger she keeps running into. Angie's passive role in her own life, while acting as her sister's support and her mother's adversary, is upended in both the unlikeliest and likeliest of ways.
A young California woman visits upstate New York to meet her boyfriend's teenage children for the first time, reminding her of her own post-divorce childhood, and shifting her perception of her current relationship.