Octavia Frost is no stranger to life's twists of fate.
She has mourned a husband and a daughter.
She has watched her son become a rock star, following his progress through gossip magazines: they have not spoken in four years.
And in her own, less spectacular way, she has built a name for herself as a writer.
But the news she receives today will make her rethink everything. And though the situation seems bleak, it could give her a chance to redeem the mistakes she's made in the past. She may still have time to bring her own story to a different ending.
Carolyn Parkhurst is the author of three novels: Lorelei's Secret (published in the US as The Dogs of Babel) and Lost and Found, which were both New York Times bestsellers, and The Nobodies Album. In 2010, she published her first children's book, Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Born in New Hampshire, she attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she met her husband, Evan Rosser. She also received an MFA in creative writing from American University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two children.