Reminiscent of Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness and Diane Warren’s Cool Water, Tara Gereaux’s novel, told from multiple perspectives, reveals the complexities inherent in accepting the identities of loved ones, and the tragic consequences that unfold if they are ignored. It is a story about female identity, motherhood, regret, aging, relationships with others, and, even more importantly, with ourselves.


  • Short-listed, ReLit Award (Novel) 2022


“Tara Gereaux is a beautiful writer. This is a big story of a small town, told in prose that is humane, compassionate, and achingly honest. ”

- Helen Humphreys

“Calm, measured and fearless, Gereaux skillfully, and with compassion, depicts a community in the aftermath of trauma. Based on true events, this work of fiction is both haunting and human. Gereaux’s strength is in her characters—you can’t help but feel their torments as if they were your own.”

- Lisa Bird-Wilson

“The portrayal of small-town life is layered and profound in this novel set on the Prairies in the ’90s.”

- <i>Prairie Books Now</i>