Durable Goods (Katie Nash #1)
Written with an unerring ability to capture the sadness of growth, the pain of change, the nearly visible vibrations that connect people, this beautiful novel by the bestselling author of Open House reminds us how wonderful—and wounding—a deeper understanding of life can be.
The story begins with Katie Nash hiding under her bed to avoid a beating when the toilet overflows. It is Katie's fault, but she allows her eighteen-year old sister, Diane, to take the brunt of their father's wrath. The girls live alone with their father on an Army base; it hasn't been long since their mother died of cancer. The stage is set for a battle of wills. Diane is ready to leave the nest, finding no comfort in their home but reluctant to abandon her younger sister. Diane and her boyfriend later try to leave with Katie to Mexico, but Katie is forced with the decision to stay with her abusive dad or to leave with her sister.