Celebrated for her irresistibly witty, strikingly intelligent examinations of friendship and marriage, Lauren Fox ("An immensely gifted writer-a writer adept at capturing the sad-funny mess that happens to be one woman's life" -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) has written her most powerful novel to date. Days of Awe is the story of a woman who, in the wake of her best friend's sudden death, must face the crisis in her marriage, the fury of her almost-teenage daughter, and the possibility of opening her cantankerous heart to someone new. Only a year ago Isabel Moore was married, was the object of adoration for her ten-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her wild, extravagant, beloved best friend, Josie. But in that one short year her husband moved out and rented his own apartment; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie-impulsive, funny, secretive Josie-was killed behind the wheel in a single-car accident. As the relationships that long defined Isabel-wife, mother, daughter, best friend-change before her eyes, Isabel must try to understand who she really is. Teeming with longing, grief, and occasional moments of wild, unexpected joy, Days of Awe is a daring, dazzling book-a luminous exploration of marriage, motherhood, and the often surprising shape of new love. From the Hardcover edition.