From Coteau Books:
"Delorie leaves the battleground of her parents small-town home for the big city, another 19-year-old with dreams of what her life might be. But life turns out to have plans of a very different kind, including unwed motherhood. Del's response is to renounce her right to her daughter, and her right to indulge in sentiment over her fate. She lives her emotional life by proxy, investing what feelings she allows herself in Detroit news stories on cable TV. She can handle drama, if it's half a continent away.
Many years later, Del s daughter, Amber, now twenty-five, struggles with her imprecise origins — a missing father, a mother who she grew up thinking was her sister — and with constructing an emotional life. In the face of Del's apparent indifference toward her, Amber tries to establish her own right to exist. She keeps a small horde of souvenirs that stand in for the people and events in her life, and builds a mobile from them as a representation of herself."
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