Lydia Franklin, daughter of a prosperous New York banker, grows up in a house filled with shadows and secrets. By the time she marries George Webster and moves to Connecticut, she is a dutiful wife obsessed with forgetting her past, controlling her daughter Charlotte’s life, and vanquishing her personal demons. But Lydia’s deeply buried yesterdays may taint her daughter’s chance of happiness, and destroy her beautiful, artistic granddaughter Molly with the legacy of a truth too shocking to ever tell.

A riveting novel of mothers and daughters torn apart by loss and twisted emotions, In My Mother’s House sweeps from the brownstones of turn-of-the-century New York to the stately farmlands of Connecticut, to explore a woman’s shame, a family’s deceit, and a final act of love.

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“Accomplished…a saga without sentiment…the portrait of Lydia is one of the novel’s triumphs.”          –New York Times Book Review

“A classic woman’s novel…Compassionate…absorbing.”     –Newsday

“An utterly absorbing…resounding novel…Skillful and precise psychological threadwork…Crystalline images and genuine warmth for her characters…Winthrop powerfully illuminates one of the darker corners of the human psyche.”     –Publishers Weekly

“Explores the fearful legacy of child abuse in the lives of three women…the author writes with the ease and narrative punch of a practiced storyteller.”     –Kirkus Reviews

“Writes with sensitivity and insight.”     –Washington Post