Brenda R. Foster
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Every day Edith Sharpe takes the No. 9 bus to her job at the Shield Insurance company in the seaside English village of Bogmire. Every night she's there to care for her invalid mother, Ruby, a cantankerous, bitter old woman who has nothing good to say about anyone, Edith included.
In between and until recently, her trysts with married lover Edwin served as a balm for the monotony of her predictable life.
Lately, though, Edwin's romantic prattle is grating on her nerves. So is Ruby. So is Bogmire and its kindly people with "faces that conveyed a simple acceptance of their lot in life." Good for them, but Edith wants out.
Careful what you wish for might be an apt way to describe what happens to Edith next as she searches for something real to hold on to. Her once-predictable life takes a sudden and dramatic turn. The stakes are high. The choice is clear. The question is: can she face the challenges to become the woman she was born to be?
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