A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

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A Map of the World
389 pages; Vintage/Anchor Books

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