Life’s changes – even a tragedy that splits the solid bedrock of a family’s foundation – can propel those affected in new, rewarding directions. Three adult siblings - JOANNA, OLIVIA, and JASON STONER – learn this when their mother dies suddenly, releasing them from old accustomed roles and inspiring them to make new lives for themselves. Each finds that life’s adversity can stimulate growth.
Joanna, the perfect wife, mother, and economics professor, can’t remember when the magic drained out of her marriage. Kicking her principles out the door of Woodward Hall, she pursues a forbidden romance with a brilliant black graduate student. She soon finds herself on her own with two college-age daughters, wracked with guilt over destroying her marriage. But she musters her courage and wins a grant to travel abroad to study the economy of China, something she has always dreamed about.
they fire your ass for sleeping with students these days. particularly if they file sexual harrassment charges against you
Jason, a heavy-drinking contractor who discards beautiful women like empty beer bottles, injures himself in a bar brawl. In the hospital he becomes intrigued with a chubby nurse who falls miles short of his normal physical prerequisites. The nurse helps him conquer a lingering guilt over his mother’s death. When he attracts legal trouble, she again trusts in his good character. Horrified, he finds himself in love for the first time – with a girl who turns hearts, not heads. Letting go of his macho persona, he trades glamour for contentment.
cause of course if she's chubby, a hard drinking bar room brawler is just what she wants.
Olivia, the rock’n’roller, dyes her spiked hair turquoise, writes haunting music, and performs in Albuquerque’s bars and nightclubs. Feeling like the black sheep of the family, she takes in first a homeless cat, then a homeless girl. Glimpsing her younger self in the girl, she persists in trying to rescue her – even after the seventeen-year-old is busted for theft and prostitution. Then, diagnosed with lung cancer, Olivia fights an even larger battle. She shaves her head bald, dares the world to criticize, and creates music that keeps her memory alive after her death.
the days of anyone being shocked by a woman shaving her head are pretty much over, don't you think?
Fault Lines, set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, probes the sudden coming-of-age that accompanies the death of a parent. Beneath the guilt and sorrow felt by each sibling, new possibilities reveal themselves. Without Mom there to push them in the right direction, the three take their futures into their own hands – with some surprising results. They discover new strengths while reaffirming the bonds of family, commitment, and love. Together, they emerge onto solid ground.
this is a very crisp synopsis of a book you couldn’t pay me to read. It might be just me but the idea redemption/change is precipitated by who you sleep with (the first two examples) or illness is so over used that I just can’t imagine anything new to say about it.
On the other hand, you couldn’t pay me to read Nicholas Sparks or Bridges of Madison County, so this could be destined to make a mint.