Sylvie Weyman's daughter dies in childbirth, leaving behind a healthy baby boy, a devastated boyfriend who is the baby's father, and Sylvie, so broken that she wants to follow her daughter into death. Staying afloat, continuing to live, becomes the main theme of this first novel. There are several sub-stories, support characters, and many flashback scenes, all informed by the same message and skillfully woven into the fabric of the story. The writing is good; characters are well defined; the whole is set into a believable, contemporary New York framework with some chapters played out in New England. In the end, Sylvie has learned that grief is best faced head-on and dealt with. An impressive first effort, for larger fiction collections. Gerda Haas, Bates Coll. Lib., Lewiston, Me.