1996: Grace, a psychiatrist, juggles a suicidal boyfriend and a young patient's impending abortion.
2002: Annie, a struggling actress, takes pity on a homeless girl and invites her into her New York apartment.
2006: Mitch, a divorced counsellor, finds that listening to other people's problems takes his mind off his own.
Ten years. Three lives. One truth: helping other people is infinitely simpler than helping yourself.
ALIX OHLIN is the author of four previous books, most recently the novel Inside, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories and many other places. She lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing programme at the University of British Columbia.