by Ann Patchett
Reviewed by Janet:
A chance encounter at a christening party forever changes the lives of two families in this new book by Ann Patchett. As the lives of these six children and four parents are reconfigured, they explore the meaning of family, along with the parental disillusionment and bonds of affection that the children develop. Later, as adults, they are forced to face the truths and griefs of a childhood incident when their lives form the basis of a successful work of fiction.