Reta Winters has started a new sort of life. She is discovering the meaning of loss for the first time. For all of her 44 years, Reta has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, and growing success as a writer of light fiction. This placid existence cracks when her beloved eldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads "GOODNESS". Reta's search for what drove her daughter to such desperate measures turns into an unflinching and surprisingly funny meditation on where in life we find meaning and hope.
©2002 Carol Shields; (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd