She sets her sights on Ted Shriver, an extravagantly talented
but scandal plagued author. He
has a brain tumor and decided the surgery to remove it isn't worth
the risk. His friends can't believe his
decision and try to convince him to fight for life. Mrs. Parker knows the secrets that are motivating him and begins meddling.
As Ellen Meister portrays her, Mrs. Parker is sharp, sad, and witty. The plot is complicated and some of its messages are surprisingly sophisticated: about family and faith and obligation and eternity. I enjoyed it.