Synopses & Reviews
Jack Keliher and Lily Sterne lead ordinary lives. But when their eighteen-month-old daughter, Katie, is accidentally burned while home alone with Lily and rushed to the hospital, their ordered world begins to unravel. An emergency room physician's report brings the state to take temporary custody of Katie, setting in motion a bureaucratic ordeal in which Lily and Jack are faced with every parent's worst fear: that their child will be taken away from them. Lily fears that her history of mental instability and postpartum depression will be used against her; Jack, in turn, blames Lily. Rachel Basch's quietly compelling narrative alternates between the voices of Jack and Lily as they reveal their increasingly divergent responses to the accident and its consequences. Their fierce struggle to keep their baby safe begins to take its toll on their relationship and their lives, and they are forced to grapple with the emotional and spiritual differences that slowly drive them apart. This exquisite novel's power reaches far beyond the story of an accident and its effect on a family. In depicting the anguish of a family in crisis, Basch has written a stunning work about the nature of privacy, the relationship of work and self, and the fragility--and ultimately, the importance--of love.
Jack and Lily live an ordinary life until their 18-month-old daughter, Katie, is accidentally burned while home with Lily and rushed to the hospital. Their normal world begins to unravel when an emergency room physician's report causes the state to take temporary custody of Katie, setting in motion an ordeal in which Lily and Jack must face every loving parent's greatest fear: that their child will be taken from them. Lily worries that her history of mental instability and post-partum depression will be used against her. Jack, in turn, blames Lily. With incredible insight and mesmerizing detail, Rachel Basch reaches far beyond the story of an accident, offering an amazingly poignant portrait of modern parenthood.
In the tradition of and , a beautifully written first novel about a family's worst nightmare.
About the Author
Rachel Basch lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is also the author of Degrees of Love.