Long out of print, Rebecca Brown's brilliant debut novel explores the psychic repercussions of growing up in an alcoholic family, and the ways in which one woman's past continues to inform and inhabit her life. Robin Daley's childhood is dominated by a sense of impermanence: Her hard-drinking father disappears as suddenly and unexpectedly as he arrives. Her adulthood offers an escape, but strange things happen when the dark corners and locked rooms of family life are revealed. Rebecca Brown is the author of The Gifts of the Body, The Last Time I Saw You, and The End of Youth. She lives in Seattle.