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The year is 1919, and--for reasons that eventually become clear--Amanda Starkey leaves the big city to go home and live with her sister Mattie, whose husband has been wounded in World War I and has not yet returned. Mattie drowns in the pond just before Carl, her husband, returns, leaving their little girl, Ruth, whose upbringing is eventually shared between Amanda and Carl. The truth about Mattie's drowning eventually emerges, along with other buried secrets, as Carl and Amanda struggle to forge some kind of family and future for Ruth.
Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Number of Pages: 338
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: General, Historical Fiction
Series Title: Oprah's Book Club
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author: Christina Schwarz
Street Date: July 1, 2001
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2194