The women in the Hand family are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of their family s Southern heritage, one that stretches back through several generations, through many decades and many wars. A Dangerous Age is a celebration of the strength of these women, and of the bonds of blood and shared loss that hold them together. All three are reconnecting the pieces of their lives and rediscovering love. But each is unwittingly on a collision course with a seemingly distant war that is really never more than a breath away. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, it is a wonderfully human story about the centuries old struggle for women who are left to carry on with life when their men go off to war, by a writer who, the Washington Post says, should be declared a national cultural treasure.