In this superb collection of short stories, the bestselling author of Open House and Talk Before Sleep takes us into the times in womens lives when memories and events cohere to create a sense of wholeness, understanding, and change. In Ordinary Life, Mavis McPherson locks herself in the bathroom for a week, and no, she isnt contemplating getting a divorceshe just needs some time to think, to take stock of her life, and she comes to a surprising conclusion. In Todays Special,a woman recognizes the solace she finds in the simple, timeless fare and atmosphere of the local diner and, ultimately, the harmony within her own spirit that familiar comforts can evoke. In White Dwarf, the secrets of a marriage are revealed as a couple passes the time with a seemingly insignificant word-association game. And in Martins Letter to Nan, the unforgettable husband and wife from Bergs novel The Pull of the Moon engage in a new correspondence in which a different aspect of their marriage is revealed.Elizabeth Bergs fiction has been praised for its brilliant insights about the human condition (Detroit Free Press), and The Charlotte Observer has said that Berg captures the way women think as well as any writer.Those same qualities of wisdom and insight are everywhere present in Ordinary Life.