This is the story of three sisters, Palmer, Brooks, and May, dealing with the loss of their father. His death affects each of them differently, taking each girl on a roller-coaster ride in the already bumpy time of adolescence. But in the end, finding a connection to their dad through his intense love of baseball and his beloved Golden Firebird, together they find a way to begin to heal.
I really enjoyed this novel. Her portrayal of the differing effects of grief and shock on each of the girls was realistic and frank. The story shifts back and forth between the points of view of the three sisters, and every reader can find something in these characters to identify with.
This book has a lot of messages and lessons about loss and love, especially about not making assumptions about how people feel. Despite the somber topic, the story is not overly dark and ends on a positive note. It is a well-written and touching story.