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By Jacquelyn Mitchard

ISBN-10: 0060836938

ISBN-13: 9780060836931

A negative twist of fate has left little Keefer orphaned yet now not undesirable. Devastated by means of his loved sister's tragic demise, twenty-four-year-old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he'll be entrusted with elevating his niece, whom he has grown tremendous just about over the few worthwhile months of Keefer's lifestyles. however the kid's paternal grandparents have various ideas—and a fierce criminal conflict ensues that might try the potential and barriers of family members love repeatedly . . . and not anyone will emerge from it unscathed or unchanged. Jacquelyn Mitchard, whose robust, emotionally wealthy novels have received resounding severe acclaim and a large, enthusiastic viewers world wide, brings us a hovering, heartbreaking, and unforgettable story of affection and the bonds that unite us all.

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In court just a few months after the accident, the facts, that which Gordon had always relied on as his best defense, would be turned to Theory[001-112] 6/5/01 11:58 AM Page 12 12 JACQUELYN MITCHARD work against him. And they would seem poised to work against him decisively, elegantly, just as Georgia’s leukocytes, her body’s sworn defenders, had turned collaborators with her illness, doing just what cells should do, but more avidly, with more precision. The judge would suggest an interpretation of law that no one could argue was not literally true, but which might have the power to blight both the future and also the past for Gordon and his family.

Gordon had been alone and relishing the solitude. The days when Georgia went to the University of Minnesota for her chemotherapy were the only times the McKennas felt they had permission to do ordinary tasks—get haircuts, return library books—things that felt shameful and selfish when Georgia was home and miserable. He had almost not answered the phone. For it would surely have been his mother with another bulletin about the afternoon’s accomplishments of his year-old niece, Keefer:—She’d held her own spoon!

And Mark said it. ” Not that Nora blamed him. Not one bit. Hayes, when she’d told him about it, said the same thing. A man wanted his name carried on, and that was that. But then, months after they’d all forgotten about it (except for Nora, who could still burn with embarrassment at night before bed when she thought of what she’d asked), there was Georgia, like a sun shower from a blue sky. Mark ended up thinking the sun rose and set on her. But even after Gordie came—and despite the many weekends he’d spent on the farm with her own boys and the hopes Nora had that they’d all moved into territory with a shared border—Mark and Lorraine and their children still mostly kept themselves to themselves, as if the four of them made their own country.

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