And All We Are

New from Barbara Claypole White
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Synopsis

Professor Faye Isley Merritt, former renowned neuroscientist at Duke University, torched her world when prescription opioids turned into heroin. Now she’s determined to ace recovery, save her marriage, salvage her career, and earn her daughter’s forgiveness. Easy for a diehard overachiever, right?

Wrong, according to 17-year-old Calla. She wants to be anywhere but home this summer with the mother who turned her cheerleading debut into a YouTube humiliation. Until … her dad introduces her to his seriously hot intern, a college senior who’s out of her league but showers her with gifts and attention. Is meeting him destiny or once-in-a-lifetime love?

Everyone admires the young couple. Everyone except Faye. Her mom hackles sense manipulation in Calla’s new style and growing isolation from old friends, but no one trusts the word of an addict. Rising concern leads to conflict with her husband and a last-ditch solution: a fragile alliance with her hippie, journalist mother—who still enjoys the occasional toke and torrid affair—and the country-club mother-in-law who never leaves home without her demented chihuahua.

When the women realize Calla is in real danger, they have to overcome past mistakes and grievances before they can save her. But can they build new relationships and embrace an unknown future? Can each offer and accept forgiveness?