The Women by Tom Barbash

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The story of a young man left doubly orphaned by his mother’s death and his father’s actions after it. The story moves on through the first year of his grieving, of his new life. By the following winter, things have started to change for Andrew.

This is a skillfully told story peopled by some engaging characters — and some realistically flawed. It will stay with me for a long time.

Find it in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011, (Mariner Books, 2011, ISBN 0547577435)