Though Iris Stern considers
herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage,
she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. But as the mother
of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she
often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the
choices her children have made.
For one of Iris’ daughters, it’s
the choice of a fresh start in New York City, and a last chance to save her
troubled marriage. While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and
its effect on Iris’ young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with
the discovery of a long-held family secret. But it’s an emotional parting of
another kind that looms most prominently on Iris’ horizon, as neither her
beloved husband, nor the solidity of her own marriage, is immune to the ravages
Through separations and reunions,
the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather
whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken. Like the inmost rings
of a tree that abide through the generations, she will be as strong as heartwood.
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