By Maggie Ginsberg
Coming September 27, 2022
One summer evening, Lib Hanson is confronted by her painful past when Matt Marlow, the forty-year-old son she abandoned as an infant, shows up on her porch. Fiercely independent, Lib has never revealed her son’s existence — or her previous marriage—to her husband, Jack. Married nearly three decades but living in separate houses (to the confusion but acceptance of their neighbors), they enjoy an ease and comfort together in small-town Anthem, Wisconsin. But Jack is a stickler for honesty, and Lib’s long-dormant secret threatens to unnravel their lives.
“It’s a rare experience to feel gratitude for a book’s pleasures on nearly every page. But Maggie Ginsberg has written that book. I could stay in this story for years.” –Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of The House of Broken Angels
Maggie Ginsberg is the author of Still True, an editor at Madison Magazine, and an award-winning writer in Dane County, Wisconsin. For nearly two decades, her magazine and newspaper articles have appeared in numerous city, regional and national publications. She is a vetted member of American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) since 2010 and a dues paying member of the Wisconsin Writers Association, The Authors Guild, PEN America, Chicago Writers Association and Council for Wisconsin Writers. She lives with her family in Wisconsin.
Not since Kent Haruf have I read an author so skilled at capturing the nuance and complexity of small-town life with empathy and respect.
– Christina Clancy
author of The Second Home and Shoulder Season
Even as each of its characters curates a careful present, the shadows of the past creep up to confront them. When those realities collide, the result is troubling, affecting and deeply true.
– Jacquelyn Mitchard
bestelling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
Ginsberg’s prose is dreamy and rhapsodic and even as her characters make dreadful mistakes, she always treats them with profound decency and empathy.