Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother–a once-famous
ballerina–has passed away, leaving Kate bereft.
When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths
to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears
a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate
uncovers a mystery that may upend everything
she thought she knew.
ancient as myths, and others are
as new and destructive as children.
New York City? She’s got five.
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
creates a violent world, in which two
young people fall in love. It is not simply
that their families disapprove; the
Montagues and the Capulets are
engaged in a blood feud.
remote Hunan county, a girl named
Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired
with a laotong, “old same,” in an
emotional match that will last a lifetime.
previous “doting” lifestyle met with
her husband John’s minimalist ways
and became the backdrop for years of
adventure and a quirky sense of humor
because of their differences.
has a harrowing choice to make:
to live by the rules of survival that
have served her so well, or to venture
into the darkness and reach for hope