The thirteen stories in this new collection by Karla Clark feature characters adrift . . . pearls of people facing knotty situations. A father away on a business trip who misses his wife and daughters more than they miss him. A newly married woman whose husband "grandmothers" her to death. A garbage man who refuses to define himself by his occupation. A college student who discovers her own beauty. An elderly woman who hasn't spoken to her best friend in twenty years. A Christmas tree grower searching for his trees. Combining humor with grace, Clark teases out issues of the heart in the everyday lives of everyday people. You'll recognize the characters . . . they are people we all know and love.