Oliver Watson's world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah, his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master's degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn't completely understand. His family's needs and demands suddenly consume his life.
When Oliver's mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver's father's life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy-two, quickly embraces new relationships and eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son.
Ben, Oliver's oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward. Under the illusion that he is grown-up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother's desertion. And Sam, the "baby," is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, "Daddy" must somehow cope with his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences.
Each of the three men must start a new life. Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children, once he faces the biggest change in his life. His widowed father with the woman next door and seventeen year old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before... nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better... different is more... for each of them.
"Steel continues to do what she does very, very well." - Kirkus Reviews
"Steel is at the top of her bestselling form as she steers Oliver through a fearsome new world of single parenthood, modern women and radically changed sexual mores before winding up with a paean to family life and romance." - Publishers Weekly
"One of Steel's best!" - Alison Trinkle, Amazon
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“Steel is one of the best!” - Los Angeles Times
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops... She delivers!” - Publishers Weekly
“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.” - San Francisco Chronicle