Summer, 1934: Anne Dodge was raised by her old-money, New England Protestant father in the small coastal town of Warwick, Rhode Island. She has always been told that her Portuguese mother abandoned them when Anne was a small child, and died without ever contacting them again. After her mother's death, Anne learns that she has a half-sister, Maria Cristina, who was raised among Portuguese immigrants - and when Maria Christina comes to stay with Anne and her father, ugly truths begin to surface about what really happened between her parents, catalyzing events that end in loss and rediscovery.
Julie Drew grew up in Florida, and attended the University of South Florida where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, and M.A. and Ph.D. in English. She is currently Professor of English at The University of Akron. She has done a little traveling, and lived for a year in China with her family. Julie has published numerous academic works, and nonfiction essays and new-fiction reviews in the Boston Globe and Cleveland Plain Dealer, respectively. READER BIOProducer Tavia Gilbert is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, an Audie Award nominee, and a Parent s Choice Award winner. She makes her home in Portland, Maine, where she works as a writer and a stage and voice actor. Tavia produces, directs, and narrates unique audiobooks, full-cast recordings, and documentaries, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.