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The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire: A Novel


  • Sandra Hutchison


  • Contemporary
  • Literary
  • Humor
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Psychological

A teenage girl and a widowed physics professor risk scandal and worse when they try to help each other survive unexpected losses.

Physics professor David Asken doesn't know how he survived the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter, but he figures he must have run for it. Sixteen-year-old neighbor Molly Carmichael, who used to be the babysitter, isn't exactly eager to keep house for him while he recuperates. He's quietly planning to kill himself. She's trying to cope with her flamboyant artist mother's highly sexual art and highly sexual lifestyle, as well as her own adolescent stirrings -- but that's nothing compared to what she'll face after a conflict with her best friend's father makes her neighborhood begin to feel unsafe. Will the unexpectedly tender connection that grows between man and girl help, or just make it worse?

This provocative coming-of-age novel set in a small town in 1977 asks whether there's ever a time when doing the wrong thing might be exactly right.

If you like book club fiction with unforgettable characters, mounting suspense, and a moral dilemma that will leave you thinking long after you finish, you'll love this novel that Tim Farrington (THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS) calls "a gutsy, beautiful book." Start reading it today!

Includes group discussion questions at the end.

"It's rare that a story captivates me so deeply, but David and especially Molly will live with me forever." ~ S.M. Freedman, author of THE FAITHFUL

Warning: If you need trigger warnings, this book is not for you.