When Sam Bax, that charming daredevil of a Boston lawyer, sails his boat into a storm off the coast of Maine, Elizabeth 'Olly' Bax, his wife and ardent sidekick, becomes a widow at the edge of twenty-seven. With no pretense of 'courage', Olly grieves, coping with the warmth and awkwardness of family ties and trying to rethink her own life. Realizing that her risks are as daring as any of Sam's -- while he chanced life and limb, Olly risks her heart -- she finds that love can take some surprising turns.
Laurie Colwin depics Olly's recovery with humor, compassion, and a decided lack of sentimentally, creating a real heroine who remains true to her heart and still manages to keep her head.
'Colwin has written this spirited, insightful, often funny book with a keen sense of understatement that is extraordinarily powerful and moving' Cleveland Plain Dealer
Laurie Colwin is the author of five novels - HAPPY ALL THE TIME, FAMILY HAPPINESS, GOODBYE WITHOUT LEAVING, A BIG STORM KNOCKED IT OVER and SHINE ON, BRIGHT AND DANGEROUS OBJECT - three collections of short stories - PASSION AND AFFECT, THE LONE PILGRIM and ANOTHER MARVELLOUS THING - and two collections of essays, HOME COOKING and MORE HOME COOKING. Laurie Colwin died in 1992.