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Rosenberg, a poet and children's book author, makes a clean break into adult fiction with the story of a middle-aged woman whose journey to independence begins at a garage sale. Forty-six-year-old Eve's garage sale takes an unexpected turn when her husband, Chuck, goes on an errand and never comes back, leaving Eve to raise teenage son Marcus and nine-year-old daughter Noni. Drawing support from her sometimes helpful mother, old friends at the university where she works and new friends-such as the man she meets in the park and a Korean graduate student and his non-English-speaking wife-Eve discovers the locals offer all she needs in her life. Rosenberg achieves remarkable emotional range-comic to tragic, dysfunction to triumph, irony to wisdom-for an engaging, often touching story of survival on a heartbreak diet. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.