(Isbn 978-0451-22914-4 - $15.00)
It tells the story of Billie Waits, a single mom with a disabled child whose support comes from her estranged husband’s checks and the sale of peaches from a small orchard; as the book begins, Porter’s checks stop coming and her peaches freeze. Meanwhile her sister Margaret, an affluent housewife who lives happily in Marietta with her husband, Ben, and two delightful sons, is startled when Ben announces at breakfast that he wants a divorce and is moving out; her son Jason vandalizes a new commercial building and tells the juvenile judge he wants to live with his dad; and Ben informs Margaret they will need to sell her beloved home to pay their debts and have money to live on. The woman who had everything loses it all in a few weeks and is forced to go home to her father’s dairy farm. There Margaret and Billie work in the kitchen canning Bill’s garden produce with Mamie Fountain, an older woman who has been told by her doctor she is dying of congestive heart failure and Emerita Gonzalez, who is in the country illegally and trying to support her sick mother back home.
How these woman resolve their many disagreements and learn they need one another forms the heart of the story.
The book will be also available as an e-book and an audio book. You can pre-order now online or at your local bookstore. I hope you’ll let me know what you think of it.