Tumbling backwards in time, from 1987 to 1938, and seen through the eyes of four generations of women, Souvenir of Cold Springs is the story of one extended family and the secrets from the past that shaped their lives. The story begins when Margaret Neal, a junior at Harvard, drops out after a disastrous liaison and its unfortunate consequences. Aimless and guilt-ridden, she decides she has to get away from the East Coast altogether. For the money to buy a ticket to California she appeals to her Aunt Nell Kerwin, a no-nonsense ex-school-teacher who still lives in the old family home. When Nell replies to Margaret's plea, she encloses a gift - an odd but cherished souvenir that weaves in and out of the story as a series of crucial truths about the family's haunted history is revealed. 300 pages.