I found this book buried in my bookshelf and I’m so glad I got to it! Bert Cousins shows up uninvited to Franny Keating’s christening party and ends up kissing her mother, Beverly. This small act ends up deeply affecting the four parents and six children involved as Patchett tells a story that spans 50 years. When Franny is in her 20s, she begins a relationship with a best-selling author, who ends up using their family story as fodder for his next book. The family has to come to terms with love, loss, guilt and their relationships as the story gains traction in the literary world.