By Barbara Sapienza

Sixty-year-old Frances Pia lives by myself on a thirty-foot sailboat anchored close to Sausalito, the place she communes with the fog, sea lions, cormorants, and sailor acquaintances, Otto and Russell. She plays random acts of public defacement—painting drainpipes, public restrooms, and work of art at the facets of houses—which she believes are beautification initiatives, and struggles with bouts of melancholy and mania. Frankly, she’s a bit a nutcase.

But Frances wasn’t constantly this fashion. She used to be a Catholic nun with a sister, Anne, who enjoyed her dearly. yet then she slept together with her brother-in-law, Greg—and ashamed and pregnant, she fled, leaving Anne, her artwork, and her vocation in the back of. whilst she additionally misplaced her child, Nicola, in a freak coincidence, she misplaced religion in God and have become a keeper of sorrows.

Through a sequence of wacky adventures, together with bouts with the law enforcement officials and the ocean, Frances opens her center to like for the 1st time in years—and starts to truly paint the city, redeeming herself with Anne and liberating herself from her guilt over Nicola’s dying alongside the way.

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