Merritt Fowler is a
natural caretaker who has spent most of her life attending to the emotional
needs of those closest to her: her beautiful, erratic younger sister, Laura;
her self-sacrificing physician husband, Pom; and now Pom’s destructive,
Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. Exhausted and confused by the burdens she’s taken
on, Merritt faces a new crisis when a fierce family quarrel makes her fragile
sixteen year old daughter, Glynn, flee their Atlanta home to seek sanctuary in
California with Aunt Laura, a Hollywood actress whose career is in decline.
Following Glynn west and deciding to stay there, against her irate husband’s
wishes, Merritt hopes to heal the ever-widening fissures between mother and
daughter, sister and sister. And on an impulsive trip up the coast into the
Santa Cruz Mountains the three women will have to confront their separate
demons in order to save and change their lives.
Deeply moving and
masterfully imagined, Siddons presents readers with a novel that gets to the
heart of the confusing power of love and family in Fault Lines. Merritt Fowler
is a natural caregiver, but after years of giving, she no longer knows who she
is or what is important to her. Setting out on a wild adventure to the Santa
Cruz Mountains, Merritt searches for the bedrock of strength and courage that
can save her.
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