The women of the Hand family live in the post-9/11 world. Winifred had the invitations printed for a December wedding in Raleigh, but her fiancé died at the World Trade Center. Her cousins Louise and Olivia are there to help her, but their lives are soon touched by the war in Iraq. Each woman suffers and each has to find a way to carry on. Family ties, female friendship, the strength of tradition, and a willingness to begin anew contribute to the characters’ ability to endure. The Iraq War creates the context within which this character development takes place. Although the Hand family is from North Carolina, much of the action takes places in Washington D.C. and Oklahoma.
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