Polly Birdswelldrinking and deeply unhappybelieved that by leaving her young daughter she could protect her from a legacy of self-destruction. Now sober and living alone in a coastal Maine town, Polly wants seven-year-old Monroe back and is determined to proveto herself especiallyshe's a stable and loving mother.
At the same time, a sudden decision to sell their beloved family retreat on Bride Island unleashes a wave of family greed that endangers the island's future. As Polly and her siblings try to claim ownership of what they love, they discover some things can never truly be owned, and Polly must again ask herself what she's willing to relinquish. Beautifully written and emotionally complex, Bride Island is a poignant debut novel about love, motherhood, and the haunting and sometimes conflicting pulls of family and the places that shape us.
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Plume paperback, July 2007, ISBN: 978-0452288348