From acclaimed author
Susan Conley comes a novel that gives us a luminous emotional portrait of a
young woman living abroad in Paris in the 1980s and trying to make sense of the
chaotic world around her as she learns the true meaning of family.
When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center
for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will
utterly change her life. She has lived in Paris for six months, surrounded by
the most important people in her life: her beloved brother, Luke; her funny and
wise college roommate, Sara; and Sara’s do-gooder husband, Rajiv. And now there
is Macon Ventri, a passionate, dedicated attorney for the detained girls.
Theirs is a meeting of both hearts and minds—but not without its problems. As
Willie becomes more involved with the immigrant girls who touch her soul, the
lines between teaching and mothering are blurred. She is especially drawn
to Gita, a young Indian girl who is determined to be free. Ultimately, Willie
will make a decision with potentially dire consequences to both her
relationship with Macon and the future of the center. Meanwhile, Luke is taken
with a serious, as-yet-unnamed illness, and Willie will come to understand the
power of unconditional love while facing the dark days of his death.
written a piercing, deeply humane novel that explores the connections between
family and friends and reaffirms the strength of the ties that bind.
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