In 1990 Molly lives in Morrison Ridge, the property her family own in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Swannanoa is located between Asheville and Black Mountain. The population was 4,576 at the 2010 census.
The main topic of the book is Graham’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble with sensation, or trouble with coordination.
Graham, Molly’s father, is a psychologist who specialises in pretend therapy, that is, cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviours, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions.
Fourteen-year-old Molly was a big fan of New Kids on the Block. Actually, she had all their tapes, decorated the spring house with posters of the band, and her father got her and her friend Stacy tickets for their concert in Atlanta. New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band currently consists of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. New Kids on the Block enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
When she befriends Stacy and admits to knowing little about sex, Stacy recommends Forever by Judy Blume. Forever… is a 1975 novel by Judy Blume dealing with teenage sexuality. Because of the novel’s content it has been the frequent target of censorship and appears on the American Library Association.
When Molly goes with her father on his book tour, they start in Charlotte. Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County and the second-largest city in the southeastern United States.
They also go to Raleigh. Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina.
After the tour, Molly, Graham and Russell go to the pig pickin’ in Russell’s family’s home. A pig pickin’ (is a type of party or gathering held primarily in the American South which involves the barbecuing of a whole hog.
The events in 2014 take place in San Diego, where Molly lives with her husband Aidan. San Diego is a major city in California. It is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 190 km south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico.
Molly and Aidan can’t have children as Molly had a hysterectomy when she lost her baby. So they take part in an open adoption programme. Open adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological and adoptive families have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and have an option of contact. In Open Adoption, the adoptive parents hold all the rights as the legal parents, yet the individuals of the biological and adoptive families may exercise the option to open the contact in varying forms: from just sending mail and/or photos, to face-to-face visits between birth and adoptive families.