In The Art of Mending, best-selling author Elizabeth Berg presents a fascinating domestic drama that is filled with tension, wisdom and the kind of priceless insight that seems to come from first-hand experience. In her mid-50s, Laura Bartone is a talented quilt maker, contentedly married and a mother of two. The tranquility of her days is disrupted when her sister Caroline, encouraged by a therapist, reveals troubling information about their parents. According to Caroline, she was abused, both physically and verbally, by their mother. But is she telling the truth? Caroline is the family's wayward member, and she has a tendency to over-dramatize events. Yet she is clearly troubled by the past, and her version of what transpired during their childhood transforms Laura's own perceptions of those years. Added to this potent emotional mix is the death of their father from a stroke. How Laura copes with these midlife revelations makes for a smart, sympathetic narrative. Berg, whose novel Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000, knows how to write about delicate subjects and construct a poignant plot without succumbing to melodrama. Filled with convincing detail and true-to-life dialogue, her latest is a powerful story about forgiveness, healing and family. A reading group guide is included in the book.