Jo Ann Mapson has created some wonderful characters that will make you laugh and cry - Bop, the grandfather with too much money and no one to share it with; his granddaughter Lanie and her sad existence. She weaves their stories, their loves and losses into a wonderful story of a dysfunctional family that finds its function. IT is one of those books that I read over and over.
Lainie Carpenter has lost her four-year-old son and is about to lose her marriage and sanity as well. The impact of young Spencer's death has strongly touched the lives of Bop, her grandfather, and her ambitionless brother, Russell, whose own love relationship is rapidly coming undone. Each of these differently drawn characters will have a different experience of love, and loss;each of their stories tugs at the heartstrings.