By Maddie Dawson

A heartfelt and highly human novel concerning the most sensible blunders an individual can make

Jonathan and Rosie were jointly goodbye they end each one other’s sentences—so whilst he (finally) proposes and asks her to maneuver around the nation with him, everyone seems to be fortunately stunned. but if issues abruptly get to the bottom of, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and strikes again domestic with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Now she has to determine how you can hearth Soapie’s very incorrect caregiver, a gardener named Tony who we could her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble. It’s intended to be a short lived holiday, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s unintentionally pregnant at forty four, thoroughly unequipped for motherhood, and worse, could be falling in love with Tony, whose lifestyles is much more muddled than hers. whilst Soapie unearths a long-hidden mystery, Rosie wonders if she has to allow pass of her fears, and belief that the big-hearted, messy existence that awaits her simply could be the one she was once intended to reside.

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They currently have thirty-eight teacups stacked up in their living room, nested in white, archival-quality boxes—teacups that will never again see the light of day. Apparently they have to be protected from sunlight, dust motes, and destructive air currents so they can last into eternity. Jonathan and those funny, obsessive guys he e-mails are no doubt saving the world from the problem of teacup extinction. —oh yes, batshit crazy. It used to be Bruce Springsteen memorabilia, then it was National Geographics, and there was a brief foray into German shot glasses.

It wasn’t through laziness or by accident that they didn’t get married and start collecting silver and china and 401(k)s. And children. Every now and then she can’t help pointing out that she and Jonathan actually do work very hard, and not just doing their art. Even though she did have some early amazing success and had some poems published in magazines, for years now she’s been teaching composition classes at the community college and teaching English as a second language in adult ed. And as for Jonathan, he’d once been a promising potter—awards and prizes and reviews in the New York Times—and the two of them had a whole life traveling on weekends and summers going to art shows and craft fairs showing his work all over the country.

Triangles (Interpersonal relations)—Fiction. I. Title. 1 To Jim, always Contents Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-four Chapter Twenty-five Chapter Twenty-six Chapter Twenty-seven Chapter Twenty-eight Chapter Twenty-nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-one Acknowledgments Reader’s Guide About the Author [one] They’re making love on Saturday morning—almost finished, but not quite close enough to the finish line to really and truly count—when the phone starts its earsplitting chirping right by their heads.

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