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 one previous novel, The Missing Person, and the story collection Babylon and Other Stories. She was born in Montreal and graduated from Harvard and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Short Stories and other publications, and she has received fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.