This warm and intimate novel, set in a Vermont village in the 1970's, opens the deeper stories of three women's lives through the door of their friendship with each other. There is Elizabeth, the energetic mother of five, who has shocked her hometown by walking out on her lawyer husband. There is Clair, a painter and mother of two teenage daughters, who looks at herself, her husband and her friends with unwavering honesty. And joining the others is Anna, a poet and college professor, who is beginning to realize she loves another woman. Their growth individually and their connectedness bring startlingly different changes in each woman's life. Like life, this book follows unpredictable passages.