May 13, 2013
In 1956, when divorced, Jewish working-mom Ava rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the neighborhood is less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood — in the era of Eisenhower, the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia — seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son. Lewis never recovered from the disappearance of his childhood friend and Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is still living in the neighborhood, building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost. As she did in her bestselling novel Pictures of You, Caroline Leavitt once again delivers a gripping story that breaks your heart and then puts the pieces back together in a way you least expect.