By Belva Plain
The doctor's workplace is cool, white, sterile. however the doctor's phrases are searing: blood exams turn out past a shadow of a doubt that Margaret and Arthur Crawfield's cherished, demise son isn't their baby. Now they need to face Peter's loss of life and the surprise of getting a son they've got by no means met. Grieving, but pressured, they start a seek that would tear households apart.Laura and "Bud" Rice proportion a sublime domestic and kids, significant, good-looking Tom, and loved, chronically in poor health eleven-year-old Timmy. yet after nineteen years of marriage, Laura's first rate husband is a stranger—and the cause of Tom's escalating involvement with a gaggle of campus bigots. abruptly the Crawfields input their lives and shatter their fragile international. because the Rices' quiet Southern city explodes with hate and violence, the 2 familes needs to embrace—or be destroyed by—the shattering truth.From the Paperback variation.
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It is southern, its winters chilly but short, so that daffodils come to life in February. There is an impressive avenue through its heart; at intervals this avenue interrupts itself by turning a circle, at the center of which there stands a statue of some Confederate statesman, most often on horseback. Fine brick houses face each other across this avenue; as you travel farther out toward the country, toward the hills, the avenue becomes a suburban road, and the houses surround themselves with lawns and grand old trees, redbud, beech, and oak.
She won't wait for him. " "That remains to be seen. " She had better not wait for him, thought Laura, and scoffed: a dumb girl. The Baker girl with that foolish constant smile that made your cheeks ache to look at? Why ever would Francis want her? From a group snapshot that had been taken one Fourth of July, she cut out his head and put it into her gold locket where before her aunts had been. Then she had to wear the locket day and night so that they wouldn't find it in her room. It was not that they would be angry or hurt; no, of course not; they would be merely amused, and she could not have borne that either.
Margy? I'm home. " "Upstairs. I'll be right down," she said, not wanting him, on his first day back at work, to come up and see her weeping in that room; she must be strong for him, must help him. But he was already at the top of the stairs. When he saw where she was, he came in and put his arms about her, holding her without speaking. "All those years," she murmured. "Our Peter. " "Yes, yes. A short life. My God! " "Can you absorb in your head or your heart that he was not born to us? He was so much ours!