charts her progress as she navigates from childhood to the brink of
womanhood, picking her way though the tragedies and absurdities of
everyday life in a family which is rocked by divorce and disaster, bad
judgement and fierce attachments. Her father has left them, her
chain-smoking mother, Franny, is falling apart and refuses to learn the
simple lessons of life, her perfect brother has fatal flaws, and even her
best friend Jill - blonde, enviable and beautiful - is moving too fast
into the unfathomable world of women.