With her husband in a comatose state, infected by the infamous “sleeping sickness” devastating families across the country, Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family’s Indiana farm for eight long years. Consumed with envy of her pretty older sister, Ruth is nearing the end of her rope.
Her sister, June, is blonde and beautiful, married to a wealthy doctor, and living in a mansion. She also has a coveted job as one of “the Bettys,” the perky recipe developers who populate General Mills’ famous Betty Crocker test kitchens. But these gilded trappings hide sorrows: she has borne no children. And the man she used to love more than anything belongs to her sister Ruth.
Taking place in the throes of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce, farms were failing, and families suffered privation, hunger, and worse, Lynn Cullen creates an emotional journey of inner strength, redemption, and the ties that bind families together under the best, and worst, of situations.
Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the bestselling author of The Sisters of Summit Avenue, Twain’s End, and Mrs. Poe, which was named an NPR 2013 Great Read and an Indie Next List selection. She lives in Atlanta surrounded by her large family, and, like both Poe and Mark Twain, enjoys being bossed around by cats.
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