A Map of the World
As Alice is all too aware, her elder daughter Emma is prone
to inexplicable fits of rage, her husband Howard distrusts her maternal
competence, and Prairie Center's tight-knit suburban community shows no signs
of warming to "those hippies who think they can run a farm." A loner
by nature, Alice is torn between a yearning for solitude coupled with a deep
need to be at the center of a perfect family.
Featured in Oprah's Book Club 1999