Single mom Joanna is stretched too thin, and her delicate balancing act can only go on for so long . . .
Joanna is forty-three, a long-divorced mother of two daughters, and an elementary school teacher and vice principal. Her eldest daughter ran away at fourteen, and returned home at seventeen with a newborn son, a little boy Joanna adores. Her younger girl has type 1 diabetes, and a major teenage attitude towards Joanna, life, and her disease. Joanna’s been juggling too many balls for too long, supporting her kids, her ex-husband (court-ordered support for him), and her pothead mother (personal guilt–ordered support for her). In her “time off”—summer, when school is out and teachers don’t get paid—she keeps her family afloat by working part-time jobs as a librarian and at the marina. And now, her best friend, a nurse practitioner, tells her she’s dropped one of those balls she juggles. She’s confirmed what Joanna’s been denying to herself: Joanna is pregnant. Now, on top of everything else, Joanna will have to decide how to deal with her uptight little community—which is going to pillory her—and how to tell her teenager the big news.
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December 18, 2012
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