by Sarah Armstrong.
Quickie recap: When Allie is sent to live with her aunt after her mother's mysterious disappearance, decades worth of family secrets begin unravelling: when life is this complicated, it will take a lot more than rain to wash it all away.
Quickie review: It's a strange and particular kind of pleasure to run across a piece of fiction that manages to just feel authentic - sufficiently complex in character, and yet achingly simple in sentiment. Hats off to Armstrong for accomplishing what most first time novelists only dream of.
Quickie recommendation: oui.