It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone's lips. Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father's suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets: her children know nothing of her father's death or the identity of their own father. As the new neighbors enter their insular lives, her family's safety and stability become threatened.
"...engaging tale and prose as fluid as Sue Miller's or Anna Quindlen's..." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Spare, elegant, and absolutely riveting, Shreve's fascinating look at our human longing for love and security unfolds like a thriller. So cancel those dinner plans - you'll want to keep reading." (People Magazine)
"There's a lot of light and shade in this beautifully paced novel - and some moving observations. ...a gem of a book. You will fall in love with these characters as they struggle to balance privacy with disclosure." - (The Washington Independent Review of Books)