After she’s violently attacked back in her hometown after her class reunion, Emily Saunders is the hot topic of conversation again, just when she was beginning to feel her husband’s death a few years earlier was no longer the big news item for everyone at church. The attack leaves her bruised and battered, struggling to remember the details of what happened—but then struggling to forget those details for good. What exactly happened that night?
Emily returns home to Pittsburgh—to her children and to Peter, her new boyfriend from church—but finds herself worrying about everything that’s happened, everything that still might happen, and everything that will have to change because of a second pivotal day in her young life—a day on which everything changes.
Gray Area was a 2005 semifinalist in the national contest Operation First Novel.