Thorndike Press


  • Susan Conley
  • ISBN-10: 1432885502
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885502
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 376 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2021
  • Simultaneous Publications

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A Maine Literary Award-Winning Author

After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys alone. Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: Money is tight, her son Sam is getting into more trouble by the day, her eldest Charlie has a new girlfriend, and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn’t as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it’s not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore — not enough to show up when needed, nudge her boys in the right direction, believe everything will be okay. How to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?


Customer Reviews

“Conley is at her best when chronicling the very real forces Jill balances while walking a fine line between empathizing with and laying down boundaries for her children . . . A compelling portrait of a family trying to stay afloat and weather every storm life throws at them.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Immersive . . . Conley is at her best capturing Maine’s coastal terrain as well as Jill’s emotional turmoil. Through her disarmingly authentic family portrait, Conley speaks volumes about changing ways of life.”

— Publishers Weekly