3.5 stars, if I could.
Isabelle and her infant daughter, Amy, move to a small gossipy mining town, saying only that she was widowed and needed a job to earn a living. She works her way up to becoming secretary to the boss. Isabella and Amy are going through the tough, difficult relationship brought on by teen years, when Amy starts staying after school with her substitute math teacher, Mr. Robertson. Things happen....and they are caught by Isabelle's boss.
This book explores the ties that bind mother and daughter, and the secrets === about the past and present, about love and sexuality === that simmer beneath the surface.
"But what could you do? Only keep going. People kept going: they had been doing it for thousands of eyars. You took the kindness offered, letting it seep as far in as it would go, and the remaining dark crevices you carried around with you, knowing that over time they might change into something almost bearable. "