In 1969, as Peter, Paul and Mary croon on the radio and poster paints are splashing the latest antiwar slogans, three friends find love. Suzanne, a poet, lives in a Maine beach house awaiting the birth of a child she will call Sparrow. Claudia, who weds a farmer during college, plans to raise three strong sons. Elizabeth and her husband marry, organize protests, and try to rear two children with their hippy values. By 1985, things have changed: Suzanne, now with an MBA, calls Sparrow "Susan." Claudia spirals backward into her sixties world-and into madness. And Elizabeth, fatally ill, watches despairingly as her children yearn for a split-level house and a gleaming station wagon. Reading group guide included.
"Provocative... an intriguing work." -- Publishers Weekly "A lovely novel... Hood creates characters so arresting one wishes each of them were principals of longer novels." -- Peggy Constantine - Chicago Sun-Times "Not just another 1960's novel... it is the story of life, of living, and of three unforgettable women as they struggle to find their way from one era to another." -- Judy Isenhour - Salisbury Post (N.C.) "Deals with the intricacies of infidelity, cancer, insanity, marriage, growing old, accepting death, and just plain accepting yourself." -- Elizabeth Wurtzel - Seventeen "Accomplished and emotionally affecting." -- Chicago Tribune "Memorably stirring and authentic." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review