The Color of Hope

Susan Madison

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Ruth Connelly used to think she had the perfect life--an attractive husband, two children, a partnership in a Boston law firm, and a summerhouse where generations of her family have reveled in the elemental beauty of the Maine coast. But without her even realizing it, everything has started disintegrating. This summer, there is no escape from the tensions which have surfaced between her, Paul, and their beautiful, troubled sixteen-year-old daughter Josie--or from the tragedy that overwhelms them when a long-promised sailing trip turns their son's birthday treat into a nightmare.

Trapped in a spiral of guilt and denial, Ruth knows only the darkness of grief until she finds the courage to return to Maine and confront her loss. There, she finally learns to understand why we sometimes inflict the greatest pain on those we love the most.

In a novel that brings to mind bestsellers like The Pilot's Wife, A Map of the World, and Deep End of the Ocean, Susan Madison looks deep into the heart of marriage and motherhood with unforgettable power.

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ALL HER LIFE Ruth Connelly had feared death by water.
Once, standing as a child at the sea’s edge, foam covering her feet, she had been filled with the sudden knowledge of terror, clear and sharp as the knife her parents sliced bread with.
She held their hands, as water heaved away from her and lunged back again, heavy with intent. Wrinkles of water, glinting where the sun caught them. Diamond fingers, beckoning,
Terrified, she tried to move away, out of its reach, but they urged her forward. Go on, don’t be frightened, it won’t hurt you.

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Susan Madison

Susan Madison is a pseudonym. She lives in Oxford, England; this is her first novel.

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The Color of Hope
Susan Madison

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St. Martin's Press
May 2000
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ISBN: 9780312274085
ISBN10: 0312274084
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99
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