Jay Verney returns with a resounding new novel. Her acid wit and all-seeing eye rival Thea Astley at her best, fulfilling the promise of her debut novel A Mortality Tale. When Anna Maher accompanies her mother Maggie and grandmother Veronica to the United States for the war veterans' reunion she is struck by the American way of denying death. The three women have their own brush with mortality when a terrifying earthquake hits Los Angeles. On the other side of the Pacific, other members of the Maher family are dealing with different forms of devastation and the tragedy that occurs draws this engaging family together.
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