In the space of a few weeks, Emily Haxby breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, leaves her job at a corporate law firm, and learns that her beloved grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Suddenly, this accomplished yet emotionally stunted woman is left picking up the pieces. The resounding success of the chick-lit genre resides in the fact that young women seek fiction that reflects decisions they face about romance, careers, and family. Buxbaum’s tale does so with notable intelligence and grace as she explores that uncertain time between physically becoming an adult and actually coming to terms with it. A Harvard Law alum, Buxbaum is likely drawing on her own experiences. Her debut novel is sure to generate buzz because of her much-touted generous two-book deal. But beyond the hype, this is a realistic and well written portrait of a young woman on the cusp of having it all.