"Grace Jefferson is an educated and accomplished modern woman, a child of the Civil Rights dream. But after a series of rattling transitions, Grace finds herself in a new house in a new city and in a new career for which she feels dangerously unsuited – stay-at-home motherhood. Caught between the only two models of mothering she has known – a sharecropping grandmother who abandoned her children to save herself and a mother who sacrificed all to save her kid – Grace struggles to embrace her new role, hoping to find a middle ground. But she catches herself in small acts of abandonment – speeding up on neighborhood walks, closing doors with the children on one side and her on the other – that she fears may foretell a future she is powerless to prevent. Or perhaps it’s a future she secretly seeks"