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It is only when their mother disappears, leaving word with each of her daughters that she will be out of the country, sisters Pagan, Prana, and Zhikr are shaken. A single parent, their mother has always been a stable, constant presence and each of them needs her now. Pagan's second pregnancy has turned into a harrowing nightmare. Prana is devastated when her long affair with a married man starts to fall apart. And Zeke has become—reluctantly—the only sober caretaker for her soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend's daughters.

In their mother's absence, the sisters piece together fragments of her past to realize what it might have cost her, a child of the sixties, to sacrifice her free—spirited ways in order to raise them in a comfortable Westchester town. In the face of difficulty—and without her mother's presence—each sister must reflect her mother's resolve and do what is necessary to preserve herself.

by Elizabeth Oness

  • Publication Date: May 4, 2004
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0425195902
  • ISBN-13: 9780425195901