(From the publisher):
Alice is making her daughter dinner when her mother, Olivia, who left Alice at a daycare center when she was four years old and never came back, appears at her door. Although Alice has managed to navigate an unforgiving foster-care system to build a good life for herself, she has never really recovered from her mother's disappearance. Olivia's sudden reappearance is like a quiet, unexplained gift. Over the next couple of weeks, Alice begins having Olivia over for dinner. Olivia is always dropped off by a friend and sits peacefully as Alice and her daughter talk over the meal. One afternoon Alice gets a call from the hospital telling her that Olivia is dead. The only identification the hospital could find was Alice's number with the word daughter written underneath it. She goes to pick up Olivia's things and finds the key to her apartment. It is here where the mystery of Olivia's past is slowly uncovered and Alice begins to understand how the power of hatred can hold a woman down and how the power of friendship can lift her up again.
Original title: The Arms of God
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives