When the author was nine in 1963, her father died suddenly on his way to work at the Oxford Paper Company. As Monica, her 4 siblings, and her mother try to cope with this tragedy, the author portrays both the interior life of grief and the historical context of a small paper mill-dependent town in western Maine. For those who were brought up Catholic in the 1950s and 1960s, this memoir will have a very familiar ring and sense of place. The death of President Kennedy in November 1963 eerily correlates with the slower death of the Oxford Paper Company and the small town it once sustained. This book is a gem of a time capsule for Baby Boomers.