Sixteen year old Amy lived with her widowed mother, Isabelle, in a small New England mill town.
There are also wonderful other characters in this story, especially their co-workers, "Fat Bev" and Dottie Brown. And Amy's pregnant school friend Stacy. These women all had great insights and wisdom into life that may have been somewhat flawed, but still important in their own way.
Both Amy and Isabelle come of age in this novel. It goes far beyond just mother-daughter issues. It was especially interesting to see not just a teenager, but also her mother mature and examine her issues.
I would say that for a first novel, this was a winner!