A woman re-connects with her mother during a long hospital stay. Through conversations and remembrances their history comes out in bits and pieces. This gentle narrative circles around a horrific childhood that is slowly revealed in small details. I found that the storytelling was deft and subtle, exploring the fringes of childhood abuse and poverty without hitting the reader over the head. I enjoyed learning more and more about the characters as their conversations took shape. It was surprisingly fast and enjoyable read for the seriousness of the content.