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"Malcolm Dowd is almost positive he recognizes the freshman who shows up for a session at his office in Baxter College?s Center for Behavioral Health?he just can?t place her. When suddenly she stands, takes off her wig, and reveals herself as Noah, the young man Malcolm had been treating months earlier, it marks the start of a relationship that will change them both." --Amazon.com.
A pair of loving parents are accused of abuse when their two-year-old daughter scalds herself by overturning a pot of boiling water. The girl is taken away by the state and the novel traces the impact of this separation on the parents and their two sons.