|Nikki Dillon and her father are trying to put their life back together after a tragedy strikes their family. They move to a new small town to escape memories and heartache. As part of their daily routine they take walks in the woods after Nikki comes home from school. One day, they hear a small cry that they soon discover is an abandoned newborn wrapped in a sleeping bag. Nikki and her dad rescue the baby and soon find themselves deeply involved in the incident.|
I enjoy Anita Shreve's writing and have read many of her books. This one is different in that it doesn't take place in the house on the East Coast like so many of her other stories. It is a story that illustrates how the decisions we make have a domino effect on the lives of others. Nikki is 12 years old and the story is told from her point of view with misconceptions, innocence, naivete and wishful thinking that are part of that mixed up time in everyone's life. She is still a child, but forced to be caught in very grown-up circumstances. This could be a good book club selection.