There are two plot lines in this wonderful novel, Claire is struggling with a decision whether to leave her loveless marriage and may be carrying her lover’s child. We follow her on the day of JFK’s inauguration as she wrestles with her conscience. Vivian, an obituary writer, is waiting and searching for her lost love, who disappeared thirteen years earlier in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
Through telling the life story of each deceased, she honors rhem and helps herself come to terms with her own loss. The connection between these two women will change Claire’s life forever in a surprising way.