With her marriage ended and children grown, Ava decided to join her friend's book club. The theme for the year is the book that matters most. Each member takes turn to present a book that is crucial to them. Ava recalls the book From Clare to Here that helped her cope with the deaths of her sister and mother when she was a child. The process of searching the obscure book and the author reveals family secrets but also comes full circle. Meanwhile Ava's daughter Maggie who is supposedly studying art in Florence, is living marginally in Paris and deep in heroin addiction. The depiction of her struggle is graphic. Somehow the plot seems implausible, yet I couldn't put the book down.