In this sequel to Mary Saracino's debut novel, No Matter What, 11-year-old Peanut Giovanni describes the explosive aftermath of her mother's decision to run away with her lover, a priest - taking her three young daughters with her and leaving her home, her marriage, and her two teenaged sons behind.
From the beginning, it is clear to Peanut that her mother has made a terrible mistake. The idyllic life in "Happy Town" and harmonious family Marie Giovanni had envisioned does not materialize. Instead, tragedy further devastates the Giovanni family, undermining the already-turbulent relationship between Marie and her lover. Seeking to escape an intolerable situation and be reunited with her father, Peanut finds Grace - both literally and figuratively. Memories of Grace give Peanut strength to separate herself from her mother's needs and to forge her own identity as Regina Giovanni.