Encouraged by her friend Barb, a woman ostracized for being
"modern" and "wild," Ellen begins to consider her own
desires and dreams as well. Surrounded by the family's obsession with an
exacting, angry God and the disquieting ghosts of the past, Ellen searches for
a way to satisfy the demands of this rural community and its traditions until,
at last, she discovers the family's darkest secret, one that frees her and
changes her life forever.
Featured in Oprah's Book Club 1999