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Teddy Jones earlier novel, Jackson's Pond, Texas, began the saga of the Jackson family. Now, Slanted Light continues their tale. Claire Havlicek's late night call brings her brother Chris Banks from his home in New Mexico back to the town that bears their family name, Jackson's Pond. She's collapsed under the weight of threats to her thirteen year marriage that have undermined her confidence and her will. Her husband, J.D., responds to seduction by a woman in need; theft and the threat of a forced buyout jeopardize Claire's two clinics; drought imperils their ranch and cattle business; a teenage daughter turns to bulimia. When Claire admits her limits, her grandmother, Willa Jackson, and the other members of her family help her learn that being human, weaknesses and all, can be the source of strength and joy.