Jennifer Day lives in a small Australian mining town full of secrets. After the sudden death of her teenage sister Beth, Jennifer uncovers a blue cardboard box of her sister's possessions — a black rubber-band bracelet, a silver necklace with a half-a-broken-heart pendant, an address written in a leftward-slanting hand on a scrap of paper, and ballet slippers wrapped in their laces.
Why couldn't Jennifer — or anyone else — save Beth? Their parents blame Beth's friends and themselves, and Jennifer's eccentric grandmother is convinced that Beth had been communing with angels. Jennifer isn't sure what to believe. With the help of her best friend, she tries to piece together the final months of her sister's life using the clues in the box. But what she finds are mysteries, miracles, and more questions.
In a novel that is as unexpectedly funny as it is wise, debut author Karen Foxlee weaves an unforgettable story about one girl's failure to cross the threshold into adulthood and the disintegration of a family in the face of tragedy.