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By Kate Veitch

A deeply felt first novel of relatives, offerings, and coming to phrases with the past.

On a stifling Christmas Eve in 1967 the lives of the McDonald children-Deborah, Robert, James, and Meredith-changed perpetually. Their mom, Rosemarie, instructed them she used to be operating out to shop for a few lighting for the tree. She by no means got here again. the youngsters have been left with their father, and a gnawing query: why had their mom deserted them?

through the years, the 4 siblings became practiced in concealing their soreness, ultimate shut into maturity, and forming their very own households. yet long-closed wounds are reopened while an opportunity come across brings James face-to-face with Rosemarie after approximately 40 years. secrets and techniques that every sibling has locked away come to gentle as they fight to return to phrases with their mother's reappearance, whereas whilst their liked father is progressing into dementia. Veitch's kinfolk portrait unearths the thrill and sorrows, the complexity and ambiguity of relatives lifestyles, and poignantly probes what it capability to like and what it capacity to depart.

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