Careful planning and constant control is Claudine?s protection. Order is her weapon. She?s long buried her own needs and dreams to cover for her alcoholic mom. But when Mom suddenly disappeares?another alcoholic binge??seventeen-year-old Claudine finds herself all alone, and a much darker reality emerges from beneath years of angry denial and enabling behavior. And as the truth comes closer to the surface, Claudine must dig for the answers she?s always worked so hard to cover up.
Amy Bloom has long been regarded as a master of the short story form. Here, her brilliance shines across two decades and more than twenty-five stories. From the bereaved widow who finds unexpected comfort in 'Sleepwalking', to the matchmaking shrink in 'Psychoanalysis Changed My Life'; from the teenage girl furious at her dying mother in 'Hold…
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