When Ben Armstead’s dissatisfaction with life leads to a desperate act of infidelity, his wife, Helen must abandon her safe, small-town existence and forge a new path with their sullen preteen daughter in the city. In her sudden transformation from housewife to PR agent, Helen discovers an affinity for helping people confess their sins and find forgiveness. But can she give Ben the same hope of absolution? A shrewd tale about human frailty and the power of redemption.
A Thousand Pardons, Jonathan Dee, $31.