What kind of women do daughters become when their fathers are missing and their mothers can’t love them? How do they find love and ways to love themselves? Nearly three decades of secrets lie between Lola Ashby and the two girls she reluctantly raised. Now, badgered by the one father figure she respects, older daughter Frankie agrees to drive from Portland to visit her ailing mother, Lola, who abandoned her and her adopted sister, Callie, when they were in high school. When Callie announces she’s moving her fashion model career to LA from the East Coast, Frankie guilt-trips her sister into meeting up in the Idaho panhandle for a family reunion to dilute the impact of their mother’s indifference. However, on Frankie’s first night on the road, the trip gets more complicated when a well-dressed elderly woman at a rest stop dumps a young boy in her lap with a request to take him on to Montana. And Callie’s exit from Pittsburgh is fraught with its own shady and violent difficulties. Meanwhile, Lola strengthens her resolve to keep the past and the secrets where they belong.
Jill Kelly is a writer, visual artist, creativity coach, and freelance editor. A long-time college professor of literature, she has been writing and publishing since 2002. Her memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. When she’s not offering creativity workshops and leading writing retreats around the country, she’s usually in her studio, where she creates deep-color pastels. She is also the author of Fog of Dead Souls: A Thriller. Jill resides in Portland, Oregon.