Jenny and Richard Weaver were going to live happily ever after. Then Richard took his life.
After a year spent taking tranquilizers and cleaning her house, Jenny impulsively moves with their two young children from the Northeast to California to make a fresh start.
The children flourish in California, but she flounders. In a moment of deep frustration and loneliness, she begins writing to Richard, telling him about her daily life—bullying at work, the difficulties of single parenting and, after some hesitation, a new romance.
She also writes about the past, the forces that led to the destruction of their marriage and the life they had worked hard to build.
When the past becomes threatening, she decides not to write to him anymore, but she finds it impossible to stop.
The answer to their children’s question– “How-and why-did-Daddy-die?”–is in the past, and she can’t hide from the truth forever.
In this intimate, compelling novel, a young widow discovers her own strength and identity after the devastating loss of her husband. Realities was a selection of the Swedish Book-of-the-Month Club.
Read an excerpt here.