Little, Brown, Oct 2004, 23.95, 272 pp.
Alden Warren lives year round in Cape Cod where she works at the National Park Service's Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center. Her mother neglected her as a child while her father spent more time in jail than with his family. Two years ago her husband Monty vanished; everyone assumes he left either to escape Alden or found a new human female. His leaving has left his spouse even more imbalanced in terms of relationships except for her birds. Even with her failure with her “loved” ones, she yearns for a child.
Alden sees a car accident and rescues the infant child of local porn star Layla. She dreams of raising the baby. Meanwhile landscaper Lux Davis works at fixing the shrubbery damaged by Layla's accident. He desperately wants Alden, but makes no move because he feels guilty. While driving a school bus under the influence, he killed and buried Monty at the site of the damage shrubbery he is fixing.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner