Mary McGarry Morris is particularly good at portraying the many small humiliations that add up to rage in the heart of a poor child. In her new novel, THE LOST MOTHER, Thomas and his plucky little sister, Margaret, struggle to cope with their mother's abandonment. Meanwhile, the Great Depression is dragging on and the Talcotts' father, already devastated by his wife's departure, gets more and more desperate.
Henry Talcott is a butcher in rural Vermont. He travels from farm to farm slaughtering animals as needed. Unfortunately, in hard times, these animals are not replaced and he quickly runs out of ways to support his children. His neighbors and his