Sometimes Dee shuts her eyes and imagines flying like a bird, simply floating high above everything. But that’s impossible without wings. And besides, she has to take care of her mother, Bessie, which is ironic, since her brother, Georgie, was Bessie’s favorite child.
Ignored by her mother as a child, Dee has been Bessie’s caregiver (feeding, washing, wiping, and tending) for nearly a decade. But now, in 2008, Bessie has begun wandering and seeing things that aren’t there. Dee’s full-time caregiver job is intensifying—add tracking, trailing, soothing, and reassuring. Plus there’s increasing financial pressures.