“I studied the paper in front of me and wrote down the instructions. When the bell rang, I quickly picked up my notebook and hurried into the hall, but not before seeing Brenda speak to Mrs. Doughty. Both of them watched as I walked away. I used to love school. But then again I used to love a lot of things before. Before and after, that was how I separated everything in my life now.”
This coming of age novel spans three generations of women, and the secrets that define their lives. Tilda, a first generation American, searches for a husband and home only to find her dream elusive. Her daughter, Lucy, struggles with a history of depression her secret provides. Finally Vivian has a secret, and through her young eyes she has the courage to write her eyewitness account.
“They say you can’t take it with you, but secrets can easily be taken to the grave . . .or just as easily be left behind.”