Picks and Pans Review: Home Safe

updated 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Elizabeth Berg |

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A year after her husband, Dan, dies, novelist Helen Ames still can't write—and can't do much else, either, since Dan took care of everything. She hovers over her grown daughter until the accountant stirs her from her stupor: Where, he asks, is the $850,000 Dan borrowed from their savings? The mystery resolves quickly, but Berg's insights into the human condition—upper-middle-class division—make this a charming read.

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