Author: Rose Tremain
Educated only to be a wife and mother, over weight and fifty Ruby Constad has reached watershed in her life. After a stroke that has left him paralysed her husband, Leon, lies in a nursing home; her children have grown-up and left home. In her anguish Ruby appeals for help to a half-remembered figure from her colonial Indian girlhood - Sister Benedicta. Gradually the events leading up to Leon's stroke are revealed and a woman emerges whose capacity to love, hope and understand are far greater than she realises.