• * Winner of the Maine Writers and Publishers Fiction Award

  • * One of the Best Books of Fiction of the Year -- Washington Post

  • * Editors' Choice/Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Library Journal

Cost is a novel about three generations, a family in which everyone faces a shift. The oldest generation, Edward and Katherine, in their eighties, face the increasing encroachments of age; their daughter Lydia, an artist, faces professional challenges, and her sons, Steven and Jack, are responsible for the most drastic changes of all, that involve the entire family: Jack has become a heroin addict. The impact from this devastating development will affect everyone in the family. Robinson explores this family crisis with her signature style, combining compassion and empathy, as well as a lyrical writing style, and a deep understanding of the human soul.