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Edith Rignaldi clearly understands that she and husband Joe remain together for the sake of their children. It is why they married in the first place. But she never foresaw the lifeless emotional landscape they both now occupy after eighteen years together.

Teachers in a small, God-fearing Tennessee town, they cannot insulate themselves entirely from the cultural encroachm
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Spinsters Ink (first published 2009)
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Jean Roberta
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Edith Rignaldi, the forty-something wife and mother at the heart of this novel, lives a life of quiet desperation in small-town Tennessee until her family falls apart and she begins to discover herself.

The narrative voice shifts from Edith’s viewpoint to those of her husband Joe, her son Jeremy and her daughter Dana. All the viewpoints are handled sensitively and clearly-enough not to confuse the reader.

The author knows her territory. The suffocating community of Poudre Valley, Tennessee (site
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I try to read as little of the blurb/synopsis as possible for a book because I don't want to have any expectations of the characters or plot. That being said, I knew nothing about this book, but had read positive comments about the author in a Facebook group. So, I gambled, and bought it.

This book isn't a love story, but it *is* about love. It's about a family with a son and daughter, and their lives going through trials and tribulations, and self realizations from about 1970-1994. It touches on
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J.E. Knowles's first novel, Arusha, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and her second is The Trees in the Field. She has also edited Faith in Writing, a collection of essays.

She grew up in Carter County, Tennessee, and was first published in Phoenix at the age of seventeen. She then went to the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. and was a member of the Grey City Journal Editorial C

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