From the starting pages where a horrific accident plays out, this book is a straightforward, engaging story of the late-blooming Lou and her downwardly mobile family and their intersection with Will, a vital, wealthy young man on the way up and his family. It involves the issues of growing up, taking personal responsibility for life and death and defining quality of a life well lived. It's easy to identify with various characters and their take on the central conflict that puts them odds with each other. This satisfying story and these characters provide an excellent example of how fiction can contribute to understanding. Recommended for book group discussion.
Recommended by Lee O'Brien