Samantha Morrow’s husband has left her, and after a spree of
overcharging at Tiffany’s, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself
and her 11-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tried to help by fixing her up
with dates, but a more pressing problem is money.
To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in
boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed
comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new
friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going,
get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the
past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see
people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she
has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became
someone else in an effort to save her marriage.
Deeply felt, beautifully observed, and written with perfect
emotional pitch, Open House is the
unforgettable story of how a woman recreates her life after divorce by opening
her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.
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