It's the early 70s. You're sixteen years old and the mother you adore and idolize is suddenly gone. How do you cope?
Sarah is the second oldest and only girl of four children. They live an easy life in a Boston suburb. Sarah's parents are heavy socializers. She observes their world from afar and when tragedy strikes, she tries to emulate the behavior of the adults with dire consequences.
I love the writing in this novel...gorgeous metaphors and similes. The characters are human and likable. Sarah could have been one of my high school students and I wanted to help her.