From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes
a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving
mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her
eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.
women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by
accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has
recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes
to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy
of her Anthony’s short life.
Beth, a stay-at-home mother
of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s
long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her
pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to
find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also
find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his
perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a
voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and
meaning to them both.