Claire Goldstein dislikes change, but she is about to be overwhelmed by a tsunami of problems. The editor of a newsletter for the Arts and Sciences College at a university in upstate New York, her values and beliefs are challenged when she is instructed to write a series of articles which present hydrofracking in a neutral light. At the same time, her son Stephen, a student at the university, is secretly planning a major anti-fracking demonstration on campus that will threaten his life and her career. There are rumblings of malaise in her marriage to Marco Capobianco, a social psychologist. Her closest friend Maude, who is many years older than she, has developed a serious health problem, and asks Claire to make an extremely difficult commitment. And her very old Bolshevik grandfather, who lives in a nursing home after a stroke rendered him speechless, has apparently fallen in love with a woman Claire considers utterly inappropriate.
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About the Author
Nina Miller graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in creative writing, and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study. She served for many years as the Executive Director first of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, and later for Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. Between jobs she spent seven years writing short stories, twenty of which were published in literary reviews and anthologies. She and her husband George, now deceased, raised three children in Ithaca, New York. She now divides her time between Ithaca, San Miguel de Allende and Cape Cod.