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Kate is having a baby, and her mother is dying. These two powerful currents come to define the life of this New England poet. Unable to live alone any longer in the late stages of her cancer, the elder Katherine comes to live with Kate, her boyfriend Matthew whose divorce is not yet final, and the baby Alexander, or Tate as his mother calls him. The intergenerational relations form the framework for the story. As the story progresses, Kate struggle...