Source: (2009) Charlotte, NC: CPCC Press.

At 35, Thérèse has finally found herself – the long awaited college degree, the high school teaching job, the new husband, two nearly grown children, and four stepchildren. For once, she anticipates a normal life, but a middle of the night phone call changes all of that. Her younger brother, while out of town on business, is shot and killed. Steve's death sends her life into a tailspin of grief and a crippling depression. She becomes the glue that holds her eccentric family together. This collection of essays, set in North Carolina, follows Thérèse as she comes to terms with the untimely and violent death of her brother. (From publisher's description)