This hardcover book is the winner of the 21st Annual Utah Arts Council contest the novel division and later judged grand prize winner in all categories. It is the story of Jody Harper, a young wife and mother, a love of music and science fiction and walking in the rain. She has just given birth to her fourth little boy. During a routine checkup, the doctor removes a mole from her arm and finds evidence of malignant melanoma, a deadly and virulent form of cancer. What can she do? How can she hold her life together, keep her balance and grace when choice and power seem to have been swept away.
It is also the story of Jenny, Jody's closest friend. Beautiful, talented Jenny, who carries inside her own terrible tragedy--and the strength to overcome it.
Follow Jody through darkness and light, through memories and dreams, through nobility and pettiness, through bravery and cowardice. Readers will see themselves at every turn and learn to look beyond appearances down into the core of things--a simple place called joy.