When Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind,
her mother Sonia, a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper,
struggles to face the possibility that her daughter may not have
slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed.
In a intensely memorable narrative with the deceptive pull of an
undertow, Sonia's past, a flotsam of lost dreams, bruised hopes,
buried love, wells up to meet her. Confronted with her own history
of choices and failures, Sonia is compelled to revise her
perception of her daughter's life and dramatically change the way
she lives her own.
Compton is a deft draughtsman of character, whose powers of
description, timing, and astounding revelation coalesce into a
splendidly nuanced account of the unguessed-at legacies of a life
shaped by choices.