22 Jan 2011 (bought with Bridget's token for 2010 birthday) 

You know where you are with a Whipple, as I've probably said before: you know you're going to get realistic family situations, the theatre of the domestic, nothing too violent or overt but a delicate portrayal of the smallest emotions and conflicts – which can of course involve huge emotional violence. The title story is the longest, and encapsulates the common themes – difficult parents, difficult marriages, the redemptive nature of frendships and the small pleasures and triumphs in life.  Whipple roots for her heroines, however stuck in their situations, and leads, rather than tells, us to do so too.