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Molly Ringwald lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles. This is her first work of fiction. Find out more at or follow her on twitter @mollyringwald


"[A] graceful and deft debut."----Booklist

This octet of interrelated stories dovetails around Greta and Phillip Parris, an aging Southern California couple whose marriage is on the rocks. In "The Harvest Moon," Greta grapples with motherhood, infertility, and the revelation of her husband's infidelity. A lonely widow is befriended by the Parrises' young daughter in "The Little One." In "Ursa Minor," Greta is drawn to the recently fired star of a popular children's TV show. Single mother Marina struggles with the best way to manage her cross-dressing six-year-old son in "My Olivia," and, in the lacerating title story, a deceived wife chronicles the anguish of a disintegrating marriage. Binding the tales together is a central truism: to betray is human, to forgive, nearly unimaginable. Verdict In her fiction debut, 1980s movie icon Ringwald (Pretty in Pink; Sixteen Candles) has graduated from teenaged angst to the hazardous terrain of both new and well-worn relationships. Her prose, at once literary and accessible, weaves a piercing, deeply moving tapestry of the complexities of the human heart. Written with deep compassion and unflinching honesty, her novel delves into the isolation, pathos, and eventual atonement inherent in daily life. Highly recommended.-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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