Zee Finch is a psychotherapist in Boston who seems to have everything together, but who has become too involved with one of her patients. She fears that Lilly Braeddon is being abused and that she has stepped over the line by offering advice. When Lilly commits suicide, Zee suffers guilt and self-doubt;she questions her career choice and her prospective marriage.
On a brief visit home, Zee realizes that her father Finch, who suffers from Parkinson's, has gotten much worse. He has been hiding his decline from Zee, and he has told his long-time partner to move out.
Taking a leave of absence, Zee becomes her father's caretaker and in doing so, learns a great deal about herself. Yet even removed from Boston, she finds that Lilly's case pursues her. Zee struggles to understand her relationship with her father and her relationship with her mother who also suffered from bipolar disease and committed suicide. She attempts to discover why Finch has broken with Melville, his long-time companion. And she begins a new relationship.
All of things are intertwined in intricate and surprising ways, and there are several little plot twists that keep things very interesting.
Fiction. Contemporary Lit. 2010. 406 pages.