After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the
Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest
dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild-her
fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality.
But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning.
Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of
the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan
community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot
turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face
of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one
unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava
Johnson is falling in love.
Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times
bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world
rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate
understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality,
hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming