When Helen Moran hears that her brother has died at his own hand, she leaves her social services job in New York to come home to her family. But it’s not that easy. Helen hasn’t been home in close to five years and has a fractured relationship with her adoptive parents, and now she’s determined to figure out exactly why her brother (they are both Korean but not blood siblings) pulled the trigger. She may call herself Sister Reliable, but Helen is anything but, especially as a narrator. Hypersensitive to details, Helen is unable to connect the dots, and the continuous misses create a powerfully hypnotic narrative of estrangement.— Daniel Goldin
Helen Moran is living in Manhattan when news comes that her adoptive brother has committed suicide. Helen alone is qualified to investigate his death, so she heads to Milwaukee to face her estranged family and her brother's friends. She may also discover what it truly means to be alive.