The sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing undergone by main character Lori in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago did t prepare her for marriage into the difficult and quirky Chicago working-class family of her husband, Jerry. Alcoholism, infidelity, ecomic disaster, and a mother's biggest heartbreak of all-a seriously ill child-imperil Lori's world in the vel LORI. Fortunately, her best friend, Adele, is there to provide support and advice until Adele faces her own tragedy. When separated from Adele by thousands of miles, Lori finds a new friend, Rain-an ex-flower-child with a surprising connection to Lori's past. LORI is a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate.