A lonely, recently divorced woman huddles under a staircase in her Texas home waiting for a hurricane to run its course and bides her time reading Moby Dick and alternately writing a letter to her dorm mother from college. She reaches out to this woman from her past, a woman that it's clear to the reader meant a great deal to the author of this letter. And it's the way she expresses her connection to the woman through her memories and by envisioning the woman's life after she knew her that makes this story breathtaking.
What a beautiful look at yearning and its place in a lonely woman's life. This story could not have been written any better. I'm so glad I found it and will add this author to my "need to read more" list.