* Indie Next Pick
* Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick
* WNBA National Great Reads Book
* San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick/Editor's Choice
* Audiofile Earphones Award for Fiction.
What does it mean to be an outsider in a community? How do we keep the ones we love safe? in 1950s suburbia, everything is meant to be perfect, even as paranoia about Communism and nuclear bombs winds its way through the supposed paradise. But when divorced, sensual-without-meaning-to-be, Jewish single mother Ava rents a house with her 12-year-old son, Lewis, she struggles to fit in and find her place in the neighborhood. Lewis finds solace with the only other two fatherless kids on the block, his best friends Jimmy and Rose, but when Jimmy vanishes one day, Ava comes under suspicion, and Rose and Lewis are later forced to confront truths they’ve long suppressed. A novel about people trying desperately to uncover secrets about the past–and about themselves. Part historical drama, part love story, and part mystery, the book has been compared by critics to Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road.