Robert and Lynn Ferguson are a picture-perfect couplewith two beautiful daughters and a lovely home inan exclusive Connecticut community. Robert is onthe fast track of a major corporation. Lynn isdevoted to her family and good works. But in theFerguson's closed doors hide a painful secret Lynn mustkeep from the world-and her children-at anycost... Not even the Fergusons's best friends, Josie andBruce Lehman, know of Lynn's shame. Social workerJosie sees her bruises distrusts thetoo-ambitious, too perfect Robert, and suspects the real causeof the children's increasingly disturbed behavior.But not even Josie can pierce Lynn's wall ofsilence, a wall that will not crumble until Lynn isforced to face herself-and the truth-at last. BelvaPlain's searing novel of a family's heartbreak, awoman's courage, and a subject too often talkedabout only in whispers.
About the Author
Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, "Evergreen," which Delacorte published more than 30 years ago. It topped the "New York Times" best-seller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries. In total, more than 20 of her books have been "New York Times" best sellers.
Before becoming a novelist, Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print.
A Barnard College graduate who majored in history, Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010."
"Subtle and intelligent." -- West Coast Review Of Books. "Impeccably done" --Booklist.
"By getting under the skin of each of her diverse characters, Plain delivers a story of considerable impact." --Publisher's Weekly.