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Jonathan YardleyIt is Ruth who brings the message home to her when, arriving to deliver a piece of important news, she tells Edie: "I think that women after their families have gone are pretty unstoppable. . . . The classic reproach, the one about women promoting themselves at the expense of people who need their care, doesn't apply to you. Not anymore."
That this eye-opening message is delivered to Edie by a woman two decades younger than she comes as something of a shock -- to her if not to the reader -- but it is the truth. As, for that matter, is everything else in this entirely grown-up and entirely believable novel.
— The Washington Post