Sometimes the wrong decisions can be made for the right reasons Peter and Elaine Dizinoff have been friends with Joe and Iris Stern since medical school. Living the perfect life in a wealthy New Jersey neighbourhood, their children have grown up together and their lives are irrevocably intertwined. Until the Sterns are faced with a nightmare they could never have imagined one that shatters the suburban idyll and forces both families to question everything they have ever believed in. In time, the fragments of their fractured existence knit together once more, but the echo of their heartbreak still lies below the surface. And just when the Sterns have a chance to come to terms with their tragedy, Peter makes a fatal error of judgement that sends shock waves through all their lives, testing their friendship to the very limits and threatening to destroy it for ever
Lauren Grodstein is the author of a collection of short stories The Best of Animals (Persea, 2002) and a novel Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, which was both a Breakout Book selection from Amazon.com and a Border's New Voices pick in the US. Her work has been translated into German, Italian and French. She attended Columbia University and received her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia's School of the Arts. Lauren currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.