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The year is 1940, and Rhoda Taber is pregnant with her first child. Satisfied with her comfortable house in a New Jersey suburb and her reliable husband, Leonard, she expects that her life will be predictable and secure. Surprised by an untimely death, an unexpected illness, and the contrary natures of her two daughters, Rhoda finds that fate undermines her sense of entitlement and security. Shrewd, wry, and sometimes bitter, Rhoda reveals herself to be a wonderfully flawed and achingly real woman caught up in the unexpectedness of her own life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393328233
ISBN-10: 0393328236
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Joan Silber

Joan Silber is the author of six previous works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won a PEN/Hemingway Award and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

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