When Samantha Morrow's husband leaves her and her eleven-year-old son she is faced with the terrifying prospect of having to recreate her whole life. After a few faltering steps she starts to put the pieces into place. She opens her house to a series of lodgers who each in their eccentric way help her to see herself. She fends off her mother, whose idea of getting over a failed marriage is to get a pedicure and get out there dating. And she makes a friend, King, an MIT graduate turned handyman, who shows her that she has the ability to make her own future and her own happiness . . .
Berg's narrative is agile and freshly observed.
Berg has an ability to capture the way women think, feel and speak - With her quirky characters and precise observations, Berg sits somewhere between Anne Tyler and Alice Hoffman - The details and emotions in Open House are sometimes heartwrenching, sometimes hilarious.