THE O'MALLEY TRILOGY Every daughter lives a trilogy: her own story intertwined with her mother's and her grandmother's. Like every woman, twenty-two year-old Eve Roberts is afraid she'll grow up to be her mother. She wants to be better. But after her boyfriend dumps her, independent Eve returns home for advice and comfort. Amy, her mother, wants to help but is limited by her abilities, unevenly strengthened by her adversities and still healing from a bad divorce. The two women spend a weekend together on a Florida beach in brisk, humorous, and sometimes painful dialogue about the family's history and how it has defined the choices they have made. They uncover patterns and experiences handed down from generation to generation, irrevocably changing the course of each daughter's life. Amy considers her passage from daughter to mother, from young to old, from beautiful to aging. The past becomes clear; the future is hard to see. On the same beach, young Eve begins to see her life as full of possibilities-if she can stand on her own. Both women know that they must somehow separate from the past without letting go of each other if they are to be the women they aspire to be.
Alternating chapters in a narrative voice between Eve and Amy, this powerful story reverberates with the memories of the mother/daughter relationships of both women as they struggle to understand their relationship and reaffirm their love.