By Elizabeth Berg
The book is about Arthur Moses, an 82 year old man that lost his much loved wife some 6 months prior to the beginning of this story. He befriends a 17 year old girl whose mother died 2 weeks after her birth and whose father has suppressed all of his emotions. There is also a spinster neighbor that is a retired teacher and avid baker. All of these people have suffered losses that have seriously afflicted them and their abilities to deal with life. This book is about how they go about filling the void that their losses have created. The relationships these characters form takes them on individual journeys of realization and discovery foremost of which is that sometimes no matter who you are or how strong you might be you must rely and accept the help of others. Once you accept your own frailty and acknowledge your weakness then you can set about helping yourself get on with living your life.