Proud Flesh is the story of four generations of women whose life messes define their relationships. When tightly-wound secular-progressive sex therapist Carroll Murphy boards a plane from D.C. for California in 1988 she has no idea how her life is about to change through her reluctant friendship with her seatmates, Tennessee cousins Trixie and Peggy. Inwardly shielding her personal back-story, Carroll outwardly avoids acknowledgment of her own family baggage, allowing her to be blind-sided by the less sophisticated cousins. A tale of revelation, redemption, and reconciliation, Proud Flesh resonates with almost everyone who has faced the same issues as these women. Readers will laugh, groan, cry, and cheer as the hard-to-love Carroll discovers an unlikely network of support and unconditional love that buffers her transformational journey into a late-life relationship with a most-unpredictable man an into life-affirming connections with people she has not seen for more than forty years.