|| A woman returns home-and rediscovers her pastCharleen is a divorcee in her mid-thirties, eking out a living as a poet and part-time assistant for an obscure scientific journal. Although she is quick to count her blessings-a son whom she loves, a blossoming relationship with a man, and friends who care about her-Charleen wonders how her life turned out the way it did. Is she a failure? Or is she still struggling to escape the limited world of her childhood? Her search for answers is as exasperating as the meager paycheck she takes to the bank every week. But when she returns home to attend her mother's wedding, Charleen is caught up in a series of unexpected-and terrifying-events. And in coping with these big and small emergencies, she is forced to come to terms with the life she has led and the decisions she has made.