""There are people who break open and make a new, bigger, self. But some of us are ... brittle." When stress causes an old trauma to surface, Lucy, a longtime community organizer, teacher and anti-poverty activist, loses control of her life. On probation and living on the streets of Halifax's North End, all she has left is friends. Faithful friends like Judith, her lawyer, who is helping her take back her life. Lucy begins to regularly sneak into Judith's basement to take refuge from the cold, but Lucy's presence in the house betrays their friendship, and she uncovers mysteries from Judith's past. As events draw their lives closer, Lucy and Judith are forced to face the toll taken by their secrets. Each of them must choose between confronting past pain or remaining broken."-- Provided by publisher.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Women lawyers -- Fiction.
Women political activists -- Fiction.
Social problem fiction.